12 Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Vaginal Odor

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You shower regularly, you eat a healthy diet and you change your underwear daily, but for some reason, you still have a funny stench downstairs.

This can make you feel uncomfortable when your partner wants to perform oral on you, or even when people come close to you.

If you’re struggling with vaginal odor, here are 12 natural remedies that can help you treat vaginal odor.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, apple cider vinegar can be used to fight vaginal odor. In fact, taking a bath with apple cider vinegar is one of the simplest ways to get rid of the bad odor. This will help fight off the toxins and bacteria that cause vaginal odor. It will also help restore the acidic quality of the vaginal flora.

  • Mix two cups of apple cider vinegar in warm bath water. Soak in it for about 20 minutes. Follow this remedy several times a week to get quick results.

You can also drink a glass of water mixed with one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used to balance the pH level in your body. When the pH level is in balance, the problem of vaginal odor will dissipate.

  • Add one-half cup of baking soda to your bathwater.
  • Soak your lower body in it for about 20 minutes.
  • Dry yourself thoroughly with a clean towel. This remedy will help fight a yeast infection and can help get rid of odor quickly.

3. Yogurt

Yogurt is rich in lactobacillus bacteria, which help fight candida infection (one of the most common causes of vaginal odor) and restore the normal vaginal pH level. Once the pH level is balanced, the vaginal odor will be gone.

  • Eat two cups of unsweetened, plain yogurt daily. You can also take probiotic supplements.

4. White Vinegar

White vinegar has the power to neutralize odors by breaking down odor proteins. A white vinegar rinse will help eliminate vaginal odor. It will also help restore pH levels in the vagina.

  • Mix one-half cup each of white vinegar and salt in lukewarm bath water.
  • Soak in it for a few minutes.
  • Follow this remedy several times a week.

5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil contains strong antifungal as well as antiseptic properties, and thus it can be used to get rid of unpleasant vaginal odor. It will help get rid of bacteria that are contributing to the problem.

  • Add three drops of tea tree oil to a cup of water. Use this solution to rinse the affected area daily or several times a week.

6. Garlic

Garlic is a natural antibiotic that can be great for dealing with vaginal infections as well as vaginal odor. The antifungal properties present in garlic will help fight a yeast infection and help your body get rid of bad bacteria.

  • Eat garlic in raw or cooked form on a daily basis. You can eat one or two raw garlic cloves on an empty stomach with a glass of warm water. You can also add garlic cloves or its paste to your dishes and salads.

7. Fenugreek

When consumed on a regular basis, fenugreek helps balance the hormones and promotes regular menstrual cycles.

  • Soak one or two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in one cup of water before going to bed. The next morning, strain out the seeds and drink the water on an empty stomach.
  • You can also use fenugreek seeds to make herbal tea. To prepare this tea, boil one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water. Strain and drink it two times a day.

Note: Fenugreek can cause diarrhea and skin irritation. If you experience these effects, discontinue use of this remedy.

8. Lemon

Lemons support vaginal health and odor with their acidic nature – they help maintain the vagina’s healthy pH level. Antioxidants in lemons also help protect the cells from free-radical damage.

Lemons works as an immune booster to help your body prevent and fight any kind of infection.

Drink lemon water once or twice daily to help restore the pH balance in your body. To make lemon water, mix the juice of ½ lemon to a glass of warm water and add a little raw honey for taste.

9. Cranberry juice

Cranberry juice is great for improving your vaginal health. It helps balance the vagina’s pH level and its acidic property helps fight bacteria that cause UTIs, vaginal infections and other problems.

To reap the benefits, drink a glass of unsweetened, organic cranberry juice daily. Those who like the tart flavor can even eat a handful of cranberries daily. You can opt to take cranberry tablets, but consult your doctor first.

10. Kale and green vegetables

Kale can not only help you get rid of vaginal odor but it also helps combat vaginal dryness as well as itching and burning. Kale is a rich source of vitamins A and C and helps improve blood circulation. In addition, it gives a boost to your immunity to help keep infections at bay.

Add kale to your salad, vegetable juice or green smoothie. You can also cook it lightly and eat it as a side dish. Other green vegetables that are good for vaginal health include cabbage, celery and collard green.

11. Flaxseed

Rich in phytoestrogens and high in omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds also combat many vaginal issues on top of vaginal odor. The phytoestrogens increase estrogen levels, which prevents vaginal dryness and other menopausal symptoms.

In addition, the zinc in these seeds help treat vaginal dryness, itching and burning.

Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds on cereal, smoothies, yogurt, salads and juices. When eating flaxseeds, make sure to drink an ample amount of water for smooth digestion.

12. Avocado

Avocado stimulates vaginal health. The healthy fats in avocado support healthy vaginal walls and keep it naturally lubricated. This helps prevent vaginal dryness as well as itching and burning and vaginal odor.

In addition, its vitamin B6 and potassium content support vaginal health.

Make sure to eat avocado in moderation. Just ¼ of an avocado daily is enough to reap its benefits. You can include this creamy fruit in your salad, sandwich or smoothie.

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8 Exercises That Are More Effective Than Sit-Ups

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Sit-ups shouldn’t be your go-to ab exercise — and not just because they’re boring. If you’re only doing sit-ups, you’re only training one part of your abs, your rectus abdominis or “the six-pack muscles” that run from the bottom of your chest to your pubic bone.

That leaves the transverse abdominis, the deep layer of muscle that wraps around your torso, and the obliques, muscles that run down your sides, untouched. Neglecting these muscles leads to dysfunction and even injury, not to mention that you’ll never look quite as good as you could with your bikini on.

But the worst part of sit-ups isn’t what they’re missing, it’s what they’re acting on — namely, the spine. Imagine that you’re standing up, and throwing your torso forward to touch your toes, over and over. It’s easy to see the havoc that wreaks on the lower back, and it’s similar to what’s happening with most sit-ups.

While performing a slow and controlled sit-up can work fine to build one section of your abs, there are far superior alternatives that can target the entire core, while strengthening other parts of your body and even burning fat. Here are 8 moves that have been proven time after time to be more effective than sit-ups.

What You Need: A pair of dumbbells weighted just slightly heavier than your comfortable level

How This Workout Works: Perform each of the movement as many times as possible in a slow and controlled manner for 30 seconds with no rest in between each exercise – that is one circuit. Work your endurance and strength up to complete 3 circuits 3 times a week on non-consecutive days. Then, sit back and watch your abs transform.

1. Dumbbell Push-up Row

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  • Place a pair of dumbbells about shoulder-width apart on the floor.
  • Grab the handles and position yourself in a pushup position.
  • Lower your body to the floor and then press back up.
  • Once you’re back in the starting position, pull the dumbbell in your right hand up toward the side of your chest. Pause, then return the starting position and repeat with your left hand.
  • That’s 1 rep. Try to prevent your torso from rotating each time you row the weight.

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2. Dumbbell Curl To Squat To Press

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  • Grab a pair of dumbbells and let them hang at arm’s length next to your sides with your palms facing forward.
  • Without moving your upper arms, bend your elbows and curl the dumbbells as close to your shoulders as you can. Immediately push your hips back and lower your body into a squat, until your thighs are at least parallel to the floor.
  • Stand up and press the dumbbells over your head. That’s 1 rep. Return to the starting position and repeat.

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3. Cross Behind Lunges

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  • Grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them at arm’s length at your sides, your palms facing each other.
  • Step forward and to the side so that your lead foot ends up in front of your back foot (like a curtsy). Lower your body until your front knee is bent at least 90 degrees.
  • Pause, then return to the starting position and repeat with your other leg.

4. Resistance Band Bent-Over Row

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  • Grab a resistance band and step on it with one foot (use both feet for more resistance).
  • Hold the band in each hand at arm’s length, about shoulder-width apart, and then bend at your hips and lower your torso until it’s almost parallel to the floor. Your knees should be slightly bent and your lower back naturally arched.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together and pull the band up to your upper abs. Pause, then return the bar back to the starting position.
  • Note: If you do not have a resistance, holding a dumbbell in each hand will work as well.

5. Dumbbell Squat Thrust

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  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides holding a pair of dumbbells.
  • Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body as deep as you can into a squat.
  • Place the dumbbells on the floor, then kick your legs backward into a pushup position.
  • Kick your legs back to the squat position.
  • Stand up and jump. That’s 1 rep.

6. Overhead Split Squat

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  • Hold a pair of dumbbells directly over your shoulders, with your arms completely straight. Squeeze your abs tight for the entire exercise.
  • Stand in a staggered stance, your left foot in front of your right foot.
  • Push your hips back and bend your knees so you lower your body into a squat. Pause, then push yourself back up to the starting position.
  • Perform the prescribed number of reps, and then do the same number of reps with your right foot in front of your left.

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7. Planking Frog Tucks

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  • Start in a pushup position with your body straight from your shoulders to your ankles.
  • Bring your right foot forward and place it next to your right hand (or as close as you can).
  • Try to prevent your hips from sagging or rising.
  • Return your leg to the starting position and repeat with your left leg.
  • That’s 1 rep.

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8. Wall Slide

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  • Lean your head, upper back, and butt against the wall.
  • Place your hands and arms against the wall in the “high-five” position, your elbows bent 90 degrees and your upper arms at shoulder height. Hold for 1 second. Don’t allow your head, upper back, or butt to lose contact with the wall.
  • Keeping your elbows, wrists, and hands pressed into the wall, slide your elbows down toward your sides as far as you can. Squeeze your shoulder blades together.
  • Slide your arms back up the wall as high as you can while keeping your hands in contact with the wall. Lower and repeat.

 

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7 Moves That Shed Fat Fast

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Tone up, burn calories, build muscles shed unwanted pounds with these seven easy moves, that combine strength training and cardio. This workout is going to be the most effective for your calorie burn and your schedule, assuming you have limited time like most of the women who read my blog.

Do each move as many times as you can in 30 seconds, while maintaining good form, then go to the next one. Complete circuit three times, twice a week.

Remember this key rule: Don’t rest! You shouldn’t do a move and then wait to do another one. Go from one move to the next to the next. So while one group of muscles is resting, you’ve moved on to a different muscle group. If you’ve done push-ups, do lunges; if you’ve done lunges, do pull-downs. Keep yourself moving!

1. Crunch circle with hollow man.

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Lie face up, hands resting lightly on back of head.

Raise legs 3-6 inches; contract abs. Crunch torso up, then rotate it so ribs draw a clockwise circle.

Repeat in opposite direction.

2. Side squat with figure 8.

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Stand with feet hip-width, a 5- to 8-lb dumbbell in right hand, left hand extended to side at shoulder height

Step out to left as you lower into a squat, and pass dumbbell under left leg to left hand, and around left knee.

In one fluid movement, pass dumbbell under right leg to right hand; continue alternating.

3. Twisting lunge with heel tap.

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Stand with feet shoulder-width, arms extended to sides at shoulder height, palms down.

Step right leg forward about 2 feet and lower left knee so both knees are at 90 degrees. Twist torso to right and reach right hand back to touch left heel while raising left arm straight up.

Return to start; repeat on opposite side.

4. Hip heist push-up.

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Get into “up” part of a push-up; lower chest and bend elbows, stopping at 90 degrees.

Lift right hand and left foot, rotating upper body to the right while bringing left knee across body toward right armpit. Pivot on right foot and continue rotating torso until you’re face up. Hands should be directly beneath shoulders and feet hip-width, knees bent at 90 degrees. Lift hips until torso is in tabletop position.

Lift left hand and right foot, rotating upper body to right, pivoting on left foot until you are back in the “up” part of a push-up. Repeat in opposite direction.

5. Single arm burpee.

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Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width, left arm out to side at shoulder height.

Squat down; place right hand on floor just under center of chest. Squeeze abs and jump feet back into one-arm plank. Jump back toward hands, landing in a squat.

Jump up; return to start.

6. Figure 4 squat with front shoulder raise.

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Stand with feet hip-width, a 5- to 8-lb dumbbell in each hand, palms facing in.

Cross right ankle over left knee Lower into squat while raising arms in front.

Return to start.

7. Side plank with inner thigh raise.

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Come into side plank on right side with core engaged, hips lifted, sides of both feet on floor, right foot in front of left; lift left arm straight up.

Raise right leg as high as you can, then return to floor.

 

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6 Moves To Transform Your Core – No Crunches Required

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A lot of women still think that crunches and sit-ups are how you build a strong core, but you shouldn’t believe in either and should stop doing them. To really work your core and improve your posture, you need to get off balance and try new things.

Use the following routine that specifically targets your entire core from different angles, to create your strongest, firmest, flattest center yet. For this workout, you need to dust off your exercise ball. Watch those abs pop in no time.

1. Exercise Ball Roll-Outs

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Works your entire core, challenges balance, and strengthens lower back.

Starting on your knees and sitting up tall, place a medium-size exercise ball under your hands while keeping your arms as straight as possible. As you roll the ball out, ensure you keep a straight body by not bending at the hips. Pull yourself back to starting position without bending your arms or hips, exhaling as your contract your center. Aim for 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps.

2. Lower Leg Lifts With Exercise Ball

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Works your lower abs.

Placing an exercise ball between your legs while keeping a 90-degree bend in knees, squeeze the ball as firmly as you can. Engaging your pelvic floor as you squeeze the ball, lift your hips off the ground reaching the ball to the ceiling. (By attempting to engage your pelvic floor as you contract your core, you’ll engage more of the lower abdominal muscles throughout the exercise.) Gently lower hips back down. Repeat for 20 to 30 reps.

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3. High Back Extensions on Exercise Ball

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Engages your core, strengthens lower back, and increases balance.

Start by lying on top of your exercise ball, face down, your hips centered on the middle of the ball. Begin by squeezing your glutes. Then, lift your arms and torso as long and high as possible, still squeezing your glutes so as to not overly “crunch” into the lower back. Gently lower down and repeat for 10 to 15 reps, taking breaks as needed. Relax in Child’s Pose when finished to release the lower back.

4. Down-Low Back Extensions

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Engages your core, lower back, and upper back; improves posture.

Start by lying face down on the mat with the ball between your hands. Start by squeezing your glutes, then reach your arms and chest as long and as high as you can, keeping your feet on the floor. Make sure to keep your shoulders far away from your ears as you reach. Hold the lift for 2 to 3 seconds and gently lower back down. Repeat for 10 to 15 reps.

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5. Exercise Ball Passes Through Pike

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This advanced move targets your entire center.

Start with the ball between your hands as you lift straight legs and shoulders off the floor at the same time, pulling your belly button into your lower back. Keep your neck long and eyes to the ceiling. Bring your arms and legs together passing the ball through as you open back up. Keep your shoulders lifted and feet off the ground the entire time, and then repeat. Aim for 2 or 3 sets of 15 reps.

6. Twisting Side Plank

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Targets obliques and stabilizers.

Lie on your right side, making sure your right elbow is directly under your right shoulder as you get into your side plank as shown. Place your left hand behind your head. Keeping your body and hips high, exhale as you twist and lower your left elbow down to your right hand, and return to starting position. Aim for 30 reps on each side.

 

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7 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Workout

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I was recently watching a TED talk given by Dan Gilbert called “The Surprising Science of Happiness,” where Mr. Gilbert points out that too many options actually lower our level of contentment about any given thing. One of the greatest kettlebell trainers of our time, Pavel Tsatsouline, mentioned how in Russia, there are two choices for coffee, with or without milk. When a Russian then enters a Starbucks with a full menu of coffee derived beverages, overwhelmed, he leaves with nothing.

Exercise is the same way for many people: spoiled for choice with no real direction, they often choose to do nothing.

If you’d like to see your body function like it used to or prevent it from losing ability to perform activities you enjoy, you’ll need to develop a good physical practice. Many training modalities pushed by professionals and machine-based exercises at the gym may actually make your body feel worse than before you started.

This can be for a variety of reasons, but is often a result of a cookie cutter approach to what should be a highly personalized practice. You may have goals that differ from another person, and you certainly have a different starting point. This means you’ll have to learn to listen to your body in a whole new way in order to see real, lasting change.

These are a few general concepts to help you know the exercises that’ll give you the most benefit with the least amount of risk and time. Use this guide to help you separate the good from the bad when it comes to gym equipment and exercise advice.

1. Learn some basic yoga.
Some people love yoga, but for others it just isn’t their thing. Regardless of where you find yourself on this scale, it’s highly beneficial to develop and maintain an ability for some of the basics. Contracting your own muscles to lengthen others is an ancient technique, and is about as pure and natural as any form of exercise.

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2. Lift with your legs.
The deadlift is the most important human movement for lifting anything off the ground. Learn to do it properly and practice weekly. It really doesn’t matter how much weight you use — especially at first. Just make sure you get the technique exact. You can advance to heavier weights when your body tells you it’s time.

Another way to lift with your legs is the squat, an excellent move overall flexibility and teaching you to keep anything held at the shoulder feeling as light as possible. Lunges are also a way to use your legs and are great for your hips, create good range of motion and work balance, coordination and core strength.

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3. Push and pull.
Use your upper body muscles to push and pull weights, or your own bodyweight (a push up or pull up, for example). Learn to pull and push in many directions, and how to engage your shoulders and move safely and most effectively. There are many ways to make body weighted exercises easier.

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4. Think of every rep an opportunity.
Bad technique is pointless. Remember that if you aren’t improving your body, you’re probably hurting it. Pay attention to your feet: keep them flat on the ground, toes pointing forward. Align your kinetic chain from the bottom up through your knees, hips shoulders and head.

5. Keep off the machines.
Most machinery provides limited results and isn’t what’s in sync with human movement. Try not to sit or lie down when you weight train — doing so eliminates the engagement of your pelvic floor (you’ll need that strength if you ever use those muscles in the real world). The same goes for cardio and weight training machines, too. Free weights and bodyweight exercises are all you need for functionality.

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6. Combine cardio and strength.
Not only is interval training proven to give you better results, it’s also safer than endurance training. Using power phase weight training (such as the kettlebell swing) and plyometrics will ensure you get the cardiovascular benefits you need from your physical practice. Use circuits to your advantage or use the tabata protocol for ways to change things up.

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7. Invest in some basics.
You can use kettlebells, dumbells, swiss balls and resistance bands in small places. They don’t take much space to store, but they will give you a bang for your buck.

With all this in mind, remember that flexibility is the key to strength and injury prevention. Always be extremely mindful and develop flexibility through your strength training by using excellent technique. I also encourage you to practice what you enjoy: your physical practice should be enjoyable and something you look forward to.

 

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