Yes, Really: 10 Foods for a Healthy Vagina

It may come as a bit of a surprise, but the food you eat has a big effect on the health of your vagina. If you've ever eaten some asparagus and noticed, ahem, a bit of a stronger smell down there, then you already know that "you are what you eat" really means something.

According to Women's Health, healthy vaginas have a naturally acidic pH level and a host of healthy bacteria that are all there to help ward off infections. However, some foods can influence your pH levels and change the way your vajayjay smells and even tastes. Foods that can affect your natural balance? Spices, onions, garlic, red meat, dairy, asparagus, broccoli and even alcohol. But don't fear! You don't have to take these foods out of your diet. You just need to work to keep things balanced with plenty of water and these 10 foods that will help keep your vagina healthy--and your pH levels balanced!

 

1. Bananas

Sweet and delicious, bananas are also a good source of Vitamin B6 and C as well as manganese, potassium, biotin and copper. Try them in this Banana Chia Pudding from The Latin Kitchen

2. Greek yogurt

Yogurt, which has live and active cultures, are probiotics and may be involved in helping the vagina maintain a healthy pH balance. Try it in this Power Parfait recipe from The Latin Kitchen.

3. Quinoa

Whole grains are important to keep healthy, and quinoa--which is a complete protein and has magnesium, phosphorus and manganese--is a great one to have. Try it in the Peruvian Golden Herbed Quinoa Salad from The Latin Kitchen.

4. Sweet Potatoes

Full of Vitamin A, B6 and C, plus potassium and manganese, sweet potatoes are always a tasty treat. Try them in this Creamy Ancho Sweet Potato Soup recipe from The Latin Kitchen.

5. Eggs

Although they're high in cholesterol (the good kind), eggs are a good source of protein, riboflavin and Vitamin B12. Try them in this Drowned Spicy Mexican Eggs recipe from The Latin Kitchen.

6. Corn

It comes in white, yellow, blue or red, and is full of VItamin B3 and B6, phosphorus and manganese. Try it in this Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Avocado recipe from The Latin Kitchen.

7. Spinach

Spinach is a great dark, leafy green that's full of all kinds of goodness, including niacin, zinc, protein, Vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. Try it in this Chocolate Spinach Coconut Smoothie recipe from The Latin Kitchen

8. Brown Rice

Another great whole grain, brown rice is a great source of fiber, selenium and manganese. We love it in this Beef and Brown Rice Soup from The Latin Kitchen

9. Avocado

We love avocados for their tasty, creamy flavor almost as much as for the healthy fats, fiber, Vitamins C and K and folate. Try them in this Ceviche Stuffed Avocado recipe from The Latin Kitchen.

10. Brazil nuts

They're salty and a great source of protein as well as selenium, thiamin and Vitamin E. You can have them simply as a snack or add them to this Warrior Nut Mix from The Latin Kitchen.