A healthy diet can truly keep bacterial vaginosis at bay.
It does this by keeping the pH of the body in the normal range and by providing plenty of friendly bacteria in the vagina and other organs in the body.
What You Should Eat and Drink
Here are a few different meals. Which one do you think would be the healthiest and most effective at preventing bacterial vaginosis?
Diet #1 : Granola, milk, raisins, banana, coffee.
Diet #2 : Danish roll, coffee.
Diet #3 : Omelet with mushrooms, onions, green pepper, celery, and spinach, avocado strips, whole wheat toast, orange juice or milk.
The best meal is from Diet #3. Vegetables help keep the body alkaline and thus it’s better able to maintain its proper pH. Likewise, “green drinks” can also work to accomplish the same purpose.
Diet #1 is high in carbohydrates, which can feed Candida yeast in the vaginal tract and increase the problems with bacterial vaginosis, even though they are two separate problems. High carbohydrate meals cause more insulin release from the pancreas. High circulating levels of insulin also provide ideal circumstances for anaerobic bacteria to grow. That’s one reason why diabetics have problems with infections.
Diet #2 is composed of processed foods, which contribute to a change in the normal pH of the vagina.
Diet #1 : Canned chicken soup with dinner roll, apple pie, iced tea.
Diet #2 : Spinach salad with bacon bits, tomatoes, green onions, palm hearts, artichoke hearts, baby corn, turkey strips, chicken strips, beef strips, hard-boiled egg, and plain yogurt dressing, French bread with butter, apple pie with ice cream, iced tea.
Diet #3 : Submarine sandwich with roast beef, French fries, coleslaw, root beer.
The best meal of the three is Diet #2. Plenty of vegetables in a meal will help maintain the proper pH of the vagina. Despite common beliefs that meat is bad for you, you will still need a certain level of protein in the diet to prevent malnutrition from not enough protein. Protein foods include eggs, dairy products, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, fish and wild meats. You can also obtain protein from rice and beans; however, these foods also contain carbohydrates.
When there’s enough protein in the meal, there’s plenty of protein to create antibodies to fight against the anaerobic bacteria. The plain yogurt contributes directly to the colonization of the flora in the vagina. When the apple pie with ice cream in the meal is a small portion, it is within reason of a healthy diet and one that prevents bacterial vaginosis.
The French fries of Diet #3, along with the white bun on the submarine sandwich and the root beer are all processed foods. This type of food creates inflammation in the body, and if you happen to be wearing tight pants that continue to rub against the vagina, then the inflammation will take longer to heal every time you eat this type of food.
Diet #1 is processed and there isn’t enough protein in it to build antibodies to fight against the anaerobic bacteria that live in the vagina. That little can of chicken soup barely has even 9 grams of protein in it; about 21 grams is needed for a normal adult per meal.
Diet #1 : Steak, baked potato, green beans, small salad with Thousand Island Dressing, whole grain roll with margarine, chips and salsa, chocolate mousse, coffee.
Diet #2 : Taco bell food at the drive-up.
Diet #3 : Grass-fed beef flank steak, brown rice, broccoli, steamed carrots, pomegranate juice, dark chocolate mints on top of plain yogurt, coffee.
The best meal is Diet #3 filled with antioxidants from broccoli, carrots, and pomegranate juice. The yogurt as mentioned before has direct benefits for the vagina as long as it is plain, unflavored and full of live active cultures. Many people believe that beef throws off the pH of the body; however, grass-fed beef has a totally different fat composition than grain-fed beef. Grass-fed beef will not cause inflammation in the body and contributes to antibody production and boosts the immune system. The dark chocolate mints are filled with polyphenols that contribute to health.
Diet #1 has an excess of food, which contributes to inflammation and chaos in the body as insulin levels surge and stay high for several hours. Margarine replaces the essential fats in the body. The essential fats found in nuts, seeds and protein foods strengthen the cell walls so that bacteria cannot penetrate them. This meal wouldn’t be that bad if the serving size of the potato was only one-third to one-half cup, only a few chips, and a small portion of chocolate mousse. The steak is corn-fed beef; however, it’s better to have protein than not have protein foods.
Diet #2 would contribute to bacterial vaginosis.
From these samples, you can see that the best diet is one of real, wholesome foods with plenty of vegetables, protein and antioxidants.
Keys to Preventing Bacterial Vaginosis In Your Diet
- Have plenty of protein to boost the immune system
- Eat plain, unflavored yogurt on a regular basis, at least three times a week
- Remember that vegetables, especially green ones, contribute greatly to maintaining proper pH
- Consider purchasing a machine that alkalinizes your water. When you drink alkaline water, it helps hydrate the body better than non-alkaline water and also helps you keep the vagina pH where it should be
- Eat fruits high in antioxidants such as blueberries, strawberries, pomegranate, other berries, and peaches, melons, and plums
- Keep caffeine at a minimum
- Eat whole grains but remember that many grains can still raise the insulin levels which feed the anaerobic bacteria that contributes to bacterial vaginosis
- Eat only one serving at a time. Never splurge on pasta or whole grains.
- Try to add a product with dehydrated greens in it to your diet. The greens usually include power foods such as alfalfa, barley greens, spirulina, and high chlorophyll-containing foods.
By eating a healthy diet specifically for bacterial vaginosis, you can prevent recurrences of this health issue and stay healthy for years to come.