Our vaginas remain one of the most sensitive parts of our bodies that we are quite clueless about when it comes to taking care of them.
While many of us think the only thing that can throw off our vaginal pH balance are harsh soaps and products, one of the most common contributing factors are also the foods we consume.
Healthline – an American health media property – defines pH balances as the “key indication of your overall vaginal health.”
pH is the term used to describe how alkaline or acidic substances are. It is further explained that the values of a balanced vaginal pH should remain around the ranges of 3.8 and 4.2.
The American health media property explains the above-mentioned range is moderately acidic but can, however, be affected by factors such as age and the stages of ones menstrual cycle.
Healthline further advises that those who are between the ages of 15 and 19, which are regarded as the productive years, should have a pH level that is lower or equates to 4.5.
When one experiences a “basic” pH value that is too alkaline – considered to be 7 and above – they are most likely to experience the following changes:
- Discharge odour: discharge that is too alkaline will produce a more pungent fish-like smell, as healthy discharge has a light smell and may sometimes be odourless.
- Discharge colour and texture: Healthline states healthy discharge will appear clear, and lean more towards a white colour. Meanwhile, normal discharge should appear as “gray, or yellow with a cottage cheese-like texture.”
- Discomfort and itching around the vagina and vulva: any form of pain or tingling sensations experienced during intercourse or while urinating is a sign that your pH level is too alkaline. This also includes “itchiness around the opening of the vagina,” shares Healthline.
The Holistic Health Approach – a board-certified holistic nutrition blogger – states there are many foods we can eliminate from our food groups to restore our pH balance.
Here are a few of the foods you should consume less of to restore your pH balance as suggested by The Holistic Health Approach:
- Table Salt
- Processed Foods
- Meats and Dairy
Also see: What is a menstrual cup?