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WAYS BEING NAKED CAN MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON

 – from mindbodygreen.com –

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Whether you grew up in a “naked house” or still feel squeamish in the flesh even by yourself, reaching the point where you finally feel good in your own skin—without any sartorial accoutrements—is a liberating moment.

It makes sense, then, that the body seems to like being naked. A cursory review of the research aligns time spent in the nude with an increased sense of self-confidence and improved health. Scientists agree that sleeping naked is a good way to start, especially for male fertility. “Out of 500 men, they found those who wore boxers during the day and were naked at night had 25 percent less damage to their sperm compared to the guys who wore tight briefs or boxer briefs,” said functional medicine expert Will Cole.

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If fewer infections and more shut-eye aren’t enough to sell you, being seen in your birthday suit has emotional benefits. Provided you’re in a safe, respectful space with others, seeing new body shapes and sizes different from your own can help you develop an appreciation for the human body, often minimizing any aesthetically oriented complaints you have about your own. The study found that being naked more often “predicted greater life satisfaction—a relationship that was mediated by more positive body image and higher self-esteem,” as noted in the study.

Even if your nude experience is a bit more reluctant at first, like mine was, you’ll learn something about yourself. Willow, founder of Naked in Motion Yoga, said she hears from students often about the ways in which doing yoga naked in a group setting has improved their self-esteem. “My experience with Naked in Motion was amazing,” one student said. “The sensation of freedom from clothing is incredible. There was no judgment regarding body shape, skin color, or gender, and the class felt very natural. Your body connects to the ambience, and you perceive yourself in a new way during the workout because of the professionalism of the instructors,” one student said. Willow herself was never a nudist. “I had been topless in public twice before, and then I attended only one naked yoga class before I started teaching,” she said. “I’ve developed a significantly better relationship with my body and feel a great deal more confident and comfortable in my skin,” she said.

Perhaps time spent naked is the form of self-care we’re missing. “Nudity is absolutely a tool for a deeper level of self-discovery that I have a hard time accessing in any other part of my life doing any other activity,” Willow said, and I have to agree. There’s nothing like seeing body without its armor to soften, humble, and incite the feeling of being part of a tribe.

10 HEALTH BENEFITS TO GOING NUDE

– from theluxuryspot.com –

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Turns out it’s great to be naked!

Who doesn’t love being naked? Whether you’re naked in bed, in the shower, with your significant other, around the house, or even at a nude beach, there’s something wonderfully relaxing about taking off all your clothes! Turns out, there are a lot of health benefits as well:

  1. Prevent Infections —  When you spend a lot of time in clothing, you tend to sweat a lot. Sweat breeds bacteria, increasing your risk of bacterial infections. By spending more time in the buff, you allow your body to air out–thereby reducing your risk of infections forming.
  2. Get More Vitamin D — The sun is the best source of Vitamin D, and what better way to get lots of sunlight than by allowing your entire body to soak it up? You’ll find that being naked outside will help you to get more Vitamin D, which will improve skin, bone, and organ health.
  3. Reduces Toxins –– Sweat eliminates a lot of toxins from your skin, but when you wear clothing, they soak up the toxins and allow your skin to reabsorb them. Those toxins can cause skin problems, but being naked will give your skin a chance to eliminate them for good!
  4. Improves Fertility –– You don’t just LOOK better when you walk around naked, but for men, it can be a way to improve their fertility. Clothes that are tight around the groin region can constrict blood flow to the genitalia, reducing both sperm quality and count and increasing your risk of fertility issues.
  5. Enhance Circulation –– Tight clothing (bra, underwear, elastic-waisted pants, etc.) put pressure on your body, and they can actually reduce your circulation. By taking off all those clothes, you allow your blood to flow free once again.
  6. Boost Brain Function — A number of studies have discovered that going naked is a great way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and increase your brain function. Oddly enough, the soles of the human feet help to prevent aging and increase the flexibility of your brain.
  7. Relaxes You –– Did you know that being naked is akin to getting a massage? Lying in bed naked helps to increase blood flow throughout your body, making it easier to detoxify your system and reduces the burden on your nervous system.
  8. Inrease Self-Confidence — There’s something about being naked that forces you to face your flaws in the mirror. Eventually, you’ll become more comfortable in your own skin, and things won’t look so bad. With time, your body image will change, and you’ll see yourself in a very different, more positive light.
  9. Reduce Clothing Costs/Waste — The world spend an estimated $17.6 billion per year on swimsuits alone, so imagine how much money is spent on other items of clothing. Going naked more often will help you to spend much less on clothing, thereby increasing the amount of money you save each year. Plus, less clothing purchased means less clothing thrown into dumps or incinerators once it is worn out.
  10. Up Your Tolerance Level –– We’re not talking about tolerance for alcohol or stimulants, but we’re talking about tolerance for others and their ways of life. In one study done in Florida, researchers discovered that pro-nudity students had a much easier time accepting the gay/lesbian/alternative way of life than anti-nudity students, as well as the ethnic and religious differences of others.

Sounds like some pretty great reasons to get naked to me!

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