Top 5 Foods to Balance the Gut & Support Vaginal Health
Your gut health depends on what you are putting into your mouth, and so does the health of your vagina.
Did you know that you have a vaginal microbiome, and it’s connected to your gut health?
Everything you eat and drink not only affects the health of your digestive system but impacts your vaginal health as well.
Composed of trillions of microorganisms, your gut microbiome plays a role in your digestion and elimination processes, helps to balance hormones, boosts your immune system, supports your vaginal health, promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails and so much more.
However, when your gut microbiome is thrown off balance, it can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria which can cause a variety of health problems like digestive issues, food intolerances, chronic fatigue, skin irritation, and autoimmune conditions.
These problems can often show up in your vagina and contribute to vaginal health issues like sexually transmitted infections (STIs), yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and bacterial vaginosis.
This is why nutrition is so important to maintaining not only your gut microbiome but also your vaginal microbiome.
Here are my top 5 food recommendations to help balance both your gut and vaginal health:
Fiber – Including fiber-rich foods like legumes, nuts and seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains into your diet keeps your digestion and elimination regular and helps your gut and vaginal microbiomes to flourish by feeding the good bacteria what it needs to survive and crowd out the bad guys.
Fresh fruits & vegetables – Eating the rainbow of fresh fruits and veggies contain fiber, essential vitamins, and nutrients that help support your overall health, especially your gut health. Include dark leafy greens, like spinach or kale. Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and yellow bell peppers. Blue and purple fruits and veggies like blueberries, blackberries, and purple cabbage. Red fruits and veggies like strawberries, raspberries, and tomatoes. Incorporating the rainbow of colors and flavors into your diet can support a healthy gut and vaginal microbiome!
Probiotics – Probiotic-rich foods like fermented foods, and foods that include beneficial gut bacteria like apple cider vinegar, support both your gut and vaginal health by replenishing the good bacteria they need to thrive. You can get beneficial probiotics from fermented foods but the best way to include probiotics into your diet is in supplement form. I recommend a good-quality probiotic between 20-50 billion CFU’s.
Good-Quality Protein – whether you’re a meat or fish-eater or you’re plant-based, it is essential to get enough protein into your diet, and make sure it’s good quality! If you’re a meat-eater – you want to focus on lean meats like chicken breast, turkey, and lean cuts of beef. If you eat fish, all fish is good, especially fatty fish like salmon and sardines that are high in omega-3s are good too! Eggs are a great source of protein too! If you’re a plant-based eater, making sure you’re getting enough protein in your diet can be challenging, especially when your sources of protein (like legumes and lentils) are high in starch and carbs, which isn’t the best for your yoni health! Supplementing with a plant-based protein powder is great, making sure to stay away from soy protein and keeping the carbs/sugar low and the protein high is key.
Drink lots of water – Not only is drinking water important to keeping you hydrated, but it also improves digestion and elimination by keeping your intestines smooth and flexible, helping the food we eat easily move through your intestines. I recommend drinking a glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon first thing in the morning to kick-start digestion. It’s a great way to start the day!
Good nutrition is important for maintaining both your gut and vaginal health – it’s all connected!
A balanced diet rich in fiber, fresh fruits and veggies, good-quality probiotics, fermented foods, and lots of water help keep your digestion and elimination processes regular and feed your gut and vaginal microbiome what it needs to flourish, which strengthens your immune system, balances your hormones, supports your mental health, promotes weight loss, improves your vaginal health, and so much more.
If you struggle with chronic vaginal health issues like recurring yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections, and sexually transmitted infections, consider adding these things into your diet to replenish your gut microbiome to help you heal.
If you are experiencing gut health issues like
- Bloating, gas, abdominal cramping
- Digestive issues like constipation or diarrhea
- Skin issues like acne, eczema
- Low energy and a foggy mind
- Hormone Imbalances
- Recurring Yoni health issues like yeast infections, UTI’s, BV or STI’s
- Weakened immune system
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
These are all signs that your gut microbiome is out of balance and this is where I can help!
I’ve created my F*CK CANDIDA Online Candida Elimination Program program for Women who want to reset their gut health, and improve their Yoni health whether you struggle with Candida overgrowth or not.
This program benefits ALL women who want to reclaim their feminine power, reconnect to their sensuality, and take back control of their health by learning natural and holistic methods of healing through diet, nutrition and wellness practices.
If you have been diagnosed with a vaginal infection, or need some personal support in regards to gut health, I offer 1:1 support calls as part of my services and create a safe space for you to feel comfortable talking about your experience with someone who understands. Here’s the link to book a 20min call with me: