She gathers her own spring water and makes her own toothpaste—it’s no secret that Shailene Woodley embraces an alternative lifestyle. But the Divergent star’s latest confession begs us to spread more than our horizons. In a recent interview with Into the Gloss, Woodley implores all females to let the sun shine on their lady bits.
“I like to give my vagina a little vitamin D,” the au naturale actress said. “I was reading an article written by an herbalist about yeast infections and other genital issues, and she said there’s nothing better than vitamin D.”
Woodley continues, “If you’re feeling depleted, go in the sun for an hour and see how much energy you get. Or, if you live in a place that has heavy winters, when the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine.”
But Lisa Bodnar, an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh who researches vitamin D and women’s health, cautions from immediately running out in the buff anytime soon.
“There is no scientific evidence proving that being deficient in vitamin D causes yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis,” Bodnar says. “But even if you wanted to increase your vitamin D levels, exposing your vagina to the sun won’t do it. Taking a vitamin D supplement or exposing your arms and legs to moderate sunlight will improve your vitamin D status.”
So while Woodley may have the remedy for a tanline-free glow, as far as your vaginal health goes, we recommend consulting your gynecologist.
What do you think about Woodley’s recommendation? Are you going to show your va-jay-jay some sunshine anytime soon? Let us know what you think in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!