The Health Benefits of Getting Naked
The thought of hanging out naked can be a bit intimidating. Some of us only do it when we need to take a shower, change our clothes, or want to get intimate.
What if we told you there are numerous health benefits to getting naked regularly? We’re talking sitting-around-on-the-couch-watching-TV naked. Eating your dinner naked. Heck, we’d go so far as to suggest gardening naked (but only if your neighbors can’t see you).
The naked truth is that time spent in the buff contributes to both better emotional and physical health. Don’t believe us? Here are just a few of the scientifically proven reasons you must shed your inhibitions and get naked.
Getting naked pampers your skin
Ask any dermatologist and they’ll likely tell you that clothing can contribute to clogged pores. We all know what happens when our pores get plugged up. Our skin becomes more susceptible to acne, eczema, and other skin rashes.
Clothing in and of itself doesn’t cause skin blemishes and breakouts. But it can trap harmful bacteria against your skin, pushing it into your pores as your clothing rubs back and forth against your skin.
One of the biggest culprits is underwear. It can trap heat and moisture around the groin, potentially leading to jock itch in men and yeast infection in women. Commando is the way to go if you can tolerate it.
Getting naked lowers heart attack risk
Our skin needs exposure to sunlight to produce vitamin D. Why does this matter? Well, studies have shown that people deficient in this all-important vitamin have an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Just 15 minutes in the sun each day is a solid goal for improving your body’s vitamin D production. You don’t have to strip all the way down to your birthday suit to get it. However, if you have the privacy to bask in the sun au naturel, why not go for it?
Getting naked improves your sleep quality
Did you know that your body temperature drops by 1 to 2 degrees Fahrenheit overnight? That’s because our bodies achieve the most restful night’s sleep at between 60 and 67 degrees. You can either set your thermostat for that ideal temperature or ditch the PJs and sleep naked.
Sleeping naked doesn’t just help you rest more soundly. It also helps you burn more fat. When our body temperature gets too high, we produce the stress hormone cortisol. That, in turn, raises your blood pressure, elevates your cholesterol, and fuels the production and retention of belly fat.
Getting naked boosts your self-esteem
When was the last time you looked in the mirror and liked what you saw? Many people dislike at least one part of their bodies. For some, it can lead to an unhealthy obsession with body image. Spending more time naked can be the cure for poor self-esteem.
When you spend more time naked, you become less fixated on how you look and instead focus on how you feel.
Getting naked makes your sex life better
The more you hang out in the buff, the more confident you become in your body. When you feel comfortable in your skin, you’re more likely to increase your sexual satisfaction during intimacy with a partner. Not only does being naked improve your self-esteem, but it also increases your opportunity for intimacy.
Boost your health in the buff
Don’t be shy! Strip down to nothing. Your body and mind – and probably your intimate partner – will thank you for it.
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