We all know that there is a direct link between the foods we eat and the maintenance of good health. These days, people go to great lengths to ensure they are getting the right nutrients out of the foods they eat. Typically, we try to avoid eating carbs and we tend to increase our protein intake if we have an active lifestyle.

However, when it comes to food, us women tend to neglect our vajayjays and the things we can eat to ensure they are as healthy as they possibly can be. And yes, gynecologists are always advising us to leave our vaginas well alone due to their self-sufficiency. However, they typically mean this in terms of hygiene – vaginas are self-cleaning so you don’t need to invest in any fancy douches or antiseptic shower gels.

But this doesn’t mean that there’s nothing we can do to ensure our vaginas are in good health. There are plenty of foods we should be eating in order to avoid any vagina-related ailments, and here are nine of them.

1. Soy – to avoid vaginal dryness

No one wants to have a dry vagina, in or outside of the bedroom. And that’s because having a dry vagina can cause discomfort and it can even be painful.

Typically it’s when women have naturally lower levels of estrogen in their body that their vaginas tend to be on the drier side. Low levels of estrogen are usually caused by things like menopause, childbirth, and even certain medications. The most natural remedy for a dry vagina is to eat foods like edamame or tofu. These foods will make the tissue in your vagina moister, plus they also contain isoflavone, a plant hormone which resembles estrogen.

2. Cranberries – to prevent urinary infections

Cranberries are usually overlooked for their health benefits in comparison with other fruits. However, they are pretty invaluable when it comes to protecting your urinary tract and will prevent you getting an infection in that area. And that’s because the fructose and A-type proanthocyanidins prevent bacteria from attaching itself to the bladder wall.