The health benefits of being naked: How stripping down is good for you | Today.com


How many times during this year’s super hot and humid summer did you just wish you could strip all of your clothes off to cool down?

Well, it turns out being naked may not only be more comfortable but healthier as well. Some experts say that donning your birthday suit more often can help with myriad physical and psychological problems.

So how do you reap the benefits?

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Ease into enjoying the health benefits of being naked by starting somewhere you’re comfortable: The bedroom.

First, start in a place you’re a bit more used to being naked: the bedroom. Of course, being in the buff can help bring you closer in your relationship, but it can also aid you in getting a better night’s sleep.

According to the D.C.-based nonprofit the National Sleep Foundation, in order to have a normal sleep schedule and sleep comfortably, your body needs to reach an optimal temperature of around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Losing the pajamas is an easy way to lower your body temp — which may in turn lead to other benefits: a 2014 study in the journal Diabetes found that sleeping in lower temperatures can help increase your levels of metabolism-boosting brown fat.

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Ditching tight clothes could be another route to getting smoother skin.

Now that you’ve got an easy way to get a better night’s sleep and lose some body fat, how about smoothing out your skin? Restrictive clothing and undergarments often leave indentations and marks all over our bodies, leading to drying and wrinkling of the skin.

“Going naked is great for healthy skin,” plastic surgeon and skincare expert Dr. Michael Fiorillo tells us. “It helps the elimination of sweat toxins that clothing can reintroduce to the body and better overall blood circulation.”

Dr. Lance Brown, a dermatologist in New York City, agrees, adding, “Wearing restrictive clothing can cause excessive sweating which may lead to inflammation of the skin follicles, rashes and breakouts. Going bare gives your skin a chance to breathe.”

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While you want to be careful with sun exposure, getting a daily dose of the outdoors can boost your Vitamin D levels.

While this is all well and good in the bedroom, taking your nudity outdoors can help as well. “Being naked in the sun not only boosts your vitamin D intake and your mood,” says Shaun Galanos, a sex educator and host of The Love Drive who works with famous nudist resort Hedonism II. “But, also it can help improve your circulation, and detoxify the skin.” (Shailene Woodley might be on to something!)

Researchers say that our bodies are better at absorbing Vitamin D from sunlight than supplements, and while exposing your skin to the sun for too long can have serious consequences, the dose of sunshine you get if you sneak outside for 10-15 minutes will be the best natural mood booster.

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Being nude may also be a good way to boost self confidence.

With your sleep, skin and supplements taken care of, there’s of course the mental component to embracing your nude body. “Spending time in the nude is a great way to get in touch with your body,” Dr. Jenn Mann, relationship expert and creator of the “No More Diets” app, told us. “Most people in today’s society are so disconnected from bodily sensations and this could help.”

Dr. Mann believes more time in the buff can help women battle body image issues. “Being in the nude reduces shame,” she adds. “You can work on self acceptance and that can be very healing.”

So take this as permission to let loose and ditch those clothes — after all, it’s good for your health!

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Some people are reluctant to try nudism because they “don’t look…


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Some people are reluctant to try nudism because they “don’t look good enough” to be seen naked. They certainly don’t understand what nudism is about.

Nudism is all about accepting yourself and others for who they are, not for what they look like. While most of us strive to be healthier, and many strive to drop a few pounds, nudists don’t hide out of shame. Nudists understand that the “ideal body” that the media portrays is a fantasy. No one can look like that, and no one should look like that. Each person is perfect how they are, and every nudist accepts each other as they are.

If you’re reluctant to try nudism because you don’t think you “look good enough”, then you really should challenge yourself to accept yourself as you are and understand that nudists will accept you exactly how you look. We think you should stop…

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Yes, I’m a Naturist but no, that does not mean I’m sexual. | The Naturist Page


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Yes I’m a Naturist. You ask me to get my clothes on like it’s something wrong. It’s not, nudity to me is natural because we were all born this way. That clothes to us Naturists is for when it’s cold. I don’t come in to your home and ask you to get naked because I’m uncomfortable with clothing. In fact, I’m completely fine if your clothed or not. It’s a matter of choice if you decide to have clothes on or not. Naturists are very friendly and opened minded on lifestyles. Why would you discriminate social and non-sexual nudity? Embrace body acceptance and acceptance of others.

Don’t look at nudity as something shameful. What ‘is’ shameful is, linking social nudity as something sexual and tabooed. People been so brainwashed by media, news and all the porn on the internet/tv/mags — that textiles have had their minds re-programmed to when they see nudity ‘SNAP’ they automatically associate it with sexual-ism. Just as you who wear clothes, we are protective on who we associate with in life because even in the Naturist lifestyle we too have people who pretend or are nudsts who are uneducated in our way of life. Them people we disconnect with. We have the same in common… sexual predators. We’re just simply living on opposite sides of the pond. Textiles and Naturists don’t want to have to worry about having to encounter a sexual predator. Yes, by nature humans are sexual beings but there is a time and place for everything and to have maturity level and ability to control how one behaves in public, like the clothed world.

So please, the next time you visit a Naturist home or in person, evaluate them just as you in the clothed world as we do in the Naturist world and make your judgment responsibly. If you do encounter a Naturist, Talk with them and you will see we are actually very kind and friendly people.