Having a yoni is a wonderful thing. The word yoni literally means “sacred space”, and the more I learn about vaginas, the more that phrase rings true and clear.

But keeping your yoni happy, healthy, and smelling fabulous can be a challenge in today’s world.

We are bombarded with advertisements for products that suggest our vaginas are somehow inherently “unclean”, and we remain largely uneducated about proper cleansing and care for our delicate lady bits.

Luckily, I recently had a visit on my radio show from the Yoni Whisperer, S.Denise Jefferson.

S. Denise is an accomplished clinical and sexual health educator who teaches on the topic of women’s sexual health issues both domestically and internationally.

S. Denise gave me the lowdown on how to keep all yoni’s of the world happy, healthy, and smelling finger lickin’ good.

Here are 3 key points she shared for caring for your yoni in the most holistically healthy way.

#1- You are what you eat.

All of the foods we eat affect our body chemistry positively or negatively. Some foods are more alkalizing, and some more acidic.

When our blood PH becomes too acidic it can upset the delicate balance of our internal and external flora (little bacteria that support healthy functioning of the body). When these flora become imbalanced it can cause an overgrowth of bad bacteria, which can in turn create foul odors, particularly in areas where there are lymph nodes and sweat glands- like your groin and vaginal area.

Some foods which support a healthy blood PH level are:

Pineapple, watermelon, cucumbers, celery, apples, grapes, berries.

Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus are also alkalizing, but not recommended for “yoni smell support” because of the strong sulphur like smell associated with them.

Some foods which are highly acidic are:

Coffee, alcohol, meat, wheat, pasta, and processed foods, to name a few.

#2- Support your Yoni Flora

Unlike your blood PH your Yoni PH should be acidic, in order to support the happy little microbes living there.

S. Denise says that optimum vaginal PH should be between 3.5 and 4.5.

What kind of things can  throw off your vaginal PH? Antibacterial soaps, scented body washes, shaving cream, lubricants, even menstrual blood and semen. Apparently menstrual blood kicks your vaginal PH up to 7 and semen up to 8.

How do you know your PH balance may be a little out of whack? By the way your yoni smells. All women have a normal, natural, base line scent. But when there is a strong smell, that is a different story.

An extremely strong fishy smell indicates an infection, usually Bacterial Vaginosis, for which you may need medical treatment.

But there are times when your PH balance may be just slightly off, causing a stronger than normal odor, that is not “offensive”, but not entirely comfortable for you either.

In this case there are a few different things you can try. S. Denise recommends “feeding” those healthy bacteria with a probiotics pill inserted into the vagina, yogurt taken orally and vaginally, and in some cases even a raw apple cider vinegar sitz bath.

#3- Go Commando!

Perhaps the most surprising bit of information I learned during the show, had to do with our panties.

S. Denise said “there is absolutely no reason to wear underwear”, and if you do, make sure that it is cotton, breathable, and NO G-strings!

Apparently G-strings transfer bacteria from the anus to the vaginal opening, causing a whole host of possible issues, resulting in unsavory odors.

Bummer! I totally love my G-string panties 🙁

S.Denise and I also answer questions regarding clitoral orgasms, and how to extend your pleasure beyond one intense climax.

You can listen to the full episode at Sex Is Medicine.