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So this is it: You undressed and got entirely naked. I’m sure it feels good if not great, it does for me, as I am entirely naked typing those words. I am entirely naked for most of my personal and social activities, as a vast majority do not require any form of clothing for protection. So nudity is the obvious choice for me, as it can become for you. Beyond the physical comfort, being naked comes with many physical benefits that you are about to discover in the coming pages.
The Sleep Foundation explains that our body temperature decreases at night. An Imperial College’s study indicates that body temperature and sleep quality are linked: too hot or too cold, and we don’t have an optimal sleep quality. Although we need to be in a relatively cool room (66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 19 to 21 degrees Celsius), our bodies need to be comfortably warm.
The best way to be comfortably warm and correctly regulate our body temperature is to sleep one a cool room under comfortable and cosy bed cover. Being naked under the sheets allow our body thermal regulation to happen at its optimum, providing the best possible sleep.
Boost Your Metabolism
Sleeping in a cool environment has additional benefits. A 2014 study by the American Diabetes Association as shown that sleeping in lower temperatures help increase your good fat cells, also known as brown adipose tissue, and a better insulin regulation. This means two important things.
Your good fat cells are fighting the bad ones, contributing to have a more balanced body fat. Increasing the good fat cells reduces the bad ones. A better insulin regulation also allows to fight diseases like type 2 diabetes, which is growing in many countries. Sleeping naked in a cool environment provides a serious boost to our metabolism.
When you sleep with any form of clothing, it turns and wrinkles, and never seems to stay in the correct place. This can lead to various ailments like pinching nerves or swelling. Being naked under the bed sheet enhances your comfort through the night.
The same happens with tight clothing during the day. No chaffing, no scratching, no pinching. Being naked allows you a full freedom of movement.
Wearing clothes can prevent your sweat glands from working properly. As per the Health Journal, it can “lead to skin infections like intertrigo, folliculitis, rashes and more. Tight clothes can even lead to acne in uncomfortable places.”
Tight clothes captures sweat toxins and potentially reintroduces them in the body. Excessive sweating can lead to inflammation and rashes. Finally, being naked improves blood circulation, a function necessary to a healthy body.
Stronger Immune System
With Covid-19, many discovered that having a strong immune system is vital. Many studies published by the Harvard School of Public Health have demonstrated the benefits of vitamin D: bone health, strengthen your immune system, fight cancer.
Baring it all outside exposes more skin to get more vitamin D, including those spots that are not exposed. The best source of vitamin D are the rays of the sun. Not only is it free, but necessary to a healthy life. A great reason to get naked outside!
Burns Bad Fat
There are two types of fat cells in the body, as we have quickly seen previously: the good ones, also known as brown adipose tissue, and the bad ones, also known as white adipose tissue. When exposed to cold temperatures, the brown adipose tissue, the good fat cells, proliferates and kills the bad fat cells.
Going naked may help brown adipose tissue proliferate so it can work its magic. This is particularly true when you expose your naked body to cooler temperature. This may be a little bit uncomfortable initially, but you will quickly get used to it and avoid the cold shower, which also helps. I prefer going naked in all season. With time and practice, you’ll be able to support colder temperature comfortably while being entirely naked. No need to take cold showers or paying a fortune for those cryotherapy sessions.
Say Goodbye to Tan Lines
Going to nude beaches and resort allows you to expose all your skin to the rays of the sun and say goodbye to tan lines. I find tan lines disgraceful. An evenly lightly tanned body is beautiful.
Of course, you should expose yourself cautiously and use sunscreen appropriately, particularly in those generally covered places. Remember that sun rays can be harmful. It’s two sides of the same coin.
Being a nudist saves money: no need to buy swimsuits for instance. When you look at those pieces of clothing’s price, the ratio price on square centimetres of fabric is just crazy. But this is true of many other clothing you would have purchased if you had not been nude more often than not.
A few years ago, interested by the minimalist movement, I embraced project 333 by Courtney Carver, from Be More With Less. The idea is to keep only 33 pieces of clothing, and potentially change some every 3 months. Also it was difficult initially, I quickly adapted and kept only the clothes I liked. Having a limited set of options for clothing, also helps going naked when appropriate, which seems most of the days for me. By going naked and embracing project 333, my clothing budget decreased dramatically, resulting in saving for more naked experiences and holidays.
The same goes for travelling. If you go to nudist resorts for holidays, you do not need a big suitcase, can just travel with a cabin bag or suitcase and save a lot on trips. I never check in luggage in airplanes any more, and carry just what I need to get warm and cosy when I have to dress.
Your body and your genitals (a.k.a. your private parts in the textile world) need air. Underwear creates a moist breeding ground for bacteria and sweat, which exacerbates skin conditions like the notorious jock itch and yeast infection. When you go commando or nude, your privates get some much-needed air.
Many skin issues get better when exposed to sun and air. I tend to develop rashes, in some areas, including the genitals, particularly when I have to keep them into a tight pair of jeans for instance for a full day. Being naked for a day or two, make those rashes disappear.
According to a 2016 study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Stanford University, “men who wore boxer shorts during the day and nothing to bed had significantly lower levels of damaged DNA in their sperm compared to those who wore tight underpants during the day and at night.”
Damaged DNA leads to decrease fertility. So, my fellow men, get rid of your pants and don’t be shy to let your penis and testicles hang loose.
There may be other health benefits to nudity, those are a few I could find and experiment myself over the years. If this was just for them and I were not a nudist, I would give nudism a try. I hope that if you are not a nudist yet, you’ll try to see if you can rip some of those benefits.
If however, you are a nudist, I hope you can put all those at play for you and talk about our lifestyle with greater confidence. Now, if this does not seem enough for you and you’re not convinced, there’s more. Let’s have a view on psychological and emotional nudity.
Next part: Psychological and emotional nudity
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