The Naked Truth

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(a well­ness col­umn by Kelly Spencer: writer, life coach, yoga & med­i­ta­tion teacher, holis­tic healer and a mind­ful life en­thu­si­ast!)

Com­mando. birthday suit. ex­posed. nude. au nat­u­ral. Just a cou­ple terms for be­ing with­out clothes.

The ex­po­sure of the naked body is met with mixed re­views by many and as adults we of­ten re­serve nu­di­ties for hy­giene, chang­ing our clothes or sex.

When i was in Cuba, many euro­peans had no is­sue at all with catch­ing rays of sun­shine in the raw. They seemed quite com­fort­able and re­laxed. While it is le­gal to ex­pose the women’s breast pub­licly in this neck of the woods, this is not wit­nessed as much aside from a mother breast feed­ing.

The com­fort level for nu­dity is seen in var­i­ous de­grees with many dif­fer­ent peo­ple. some grew up in a “naked house” and have a higher level of com­fort to sleep naked, go skinny dip­ping or even walk around nude, while oth­ers feel that the more clothes, the bet­ter, feel­ing squea­mish in the flesh even by them­selves and wear T-shirt, sweater, pJ pants and socks to bed.

but the naked truth is there are many health ben­e­fits to sleep­ing naked, be­ing naked and reach­ing the point where you feel com­fort­able and lib­er­ated in your own skin.

Have you ever asked your­self if you like be­ing naked, or do you avoid it at all costs?

so, let’s start at the be­gin­ning. you were born in your nat­u­ral state: naked. as a child, be­ing naked was free­dom. Whether it was run­ning around be­fore bath time or swim­ming naked, as a child, it was pure priv­i­lege and in­de­pen­dence. grow­ing up, we may have got some mixed sig­nals about what is ap­pro­pri­ate or not, re­gard­ing the re­veal­ing of our skin, es­pe­cially if fe­male. There also might be un­real ex­pec­ta­tions of what the per­fect man or woman’s nude body should look due to adopted be­lief sys­tems, so­cial me­dia, mag­a­zines or en­ter­tain­ment. em­brac­ing and ac­cept­ing that you don’t have a body like ryan gosling or Kim Kar­dashian might be more ef­fec­tive if you spent some qual­ity time with nude-you. There are sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits with spend­ing time naked that brings men­tal, emo­tional and phys­i­cal health, in­clud­ing the way it helps to over­come body im­age is­sues and helps peo­ple to re­lax and feel more com­fort­able in their own shell.

let’s start with sleep time. if you wear the likes of a snow­mo­bile suit to bed, per­haps you can start slow and re­move one ar­ti­cle of cloth­ing at a time un­til you get down to noth­ing or next to noth­ing. if you are sleep­ing alone, ac­cord­ing to dr. Fran Wal­fish, a bev­erly Hills fam­ily and re­la­tion­ship psy­chother­a­pist and au­thor, reap­ing the ben­e­fits of naked sleep will likely re­sult in bet­ter sleep, since clothes can ham­per your body’s nat­u­ral abil­ity to cool it­self down and achieve an ideal tem­per­a­ture for sleep and me­tab­o­lism.

The los an­ge­les sleep in­sti­tute also states there is a link to body tem­per­a­ture reg­u­la­tion and in­som­nia. sleep­ing naked as­sist to main­tain a body tem­per­a­ture through self-reg­u­la­tion and al­lows you to sleep bet­ter. if you are not sleep­ing solo, skin to skin con­tact when you sleep with nada or min­i­mal on with some­one else re­leases oxy­tocin, a hor­mone that re­duces blood pres­sure and com­bats stress and de­pres­sion.

self-ac­cep­tance and self-love is not al­ways easy. ask any­one you know and see if they are happy with them­selves. Chances are they list all the flaws that they can. but its about em­brac­ing and lov­ing our­selves. When you be­gin to get naked, you learn to ap­pre­ci­ate your body and re­al­ize how beau­ti­ful you re­ally are, flaws and all. many of you might be cring­ing in fear at the thought of this nude self-love, but what bet­ter way to face your fears of body im­age and self­ac­cep­tance?

Func­tional medicine ex­pert Will Cole, Founder of naked in mo­tion, states per­haps time spent naked is the form of self­care 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.”

be­ing naked and get­ting ex­po­sure to the sun’s rays in­creases your body’s vi­ta­min d lev­els. vi­ta­min d is di­rectly re­lated to your im­mune sys­tem. When you have op­ti­mal lev­els of vi­ta­min d, your body’s im­mune sys­tem is im­proved, and you will be bet­ter equipped to ward off viruses, in­clud­ing the com­mon cold and flu. so, go lay out­side com­mando or with min­i­mal cloth­ing, on your pri­vate bal­cony or in your yard or even in­side in a win­dow that lets the sun­shine in.

as an ex­posed, breath­able or­gan, our skin needs air to breathe. Cov­er­ing your­self in tight cloth­ing can weaken your skin, be­cause your skin re­ab­sorbs the tox­ins, which come out when you sweat, says dr. satish bha­tia, der­ma­tol­o­gist. be­ing naked will help your skin to respire, by elim­i­nat­ing the tox­ins from your body. 2015 re­search led by stan­ford uni­ver­sity re­vealed through the study of 500 men for one year, that men that wore loose fit­ting box­ers or slept naked had 25 per cent bet­ter fer­til­ity then those wear­ing tight and con­strain­ing un­der gar­ments.

if you are not quite ready to streak around your home, then try just go­ing with naked feet. re­mov­ing your socks and shoes and walk­ing bare­foot has its health ben­e­fits too. bare­foot walk­ing or run­ning helps in vi­tal stim­u­la­tion of our brain. dr. sune­sara, gen­eral physi­cian, mum­bai says, “the stim­u­la­tion, which is created in the sole of the foot en­cour­ages our brain to boost more neu­ron con­nec­tions.”

let’s get to the “bare” facts of this. nu­dity is nat­u­ral, es­pe­cially in the pri­vacy of our own homes and bed. and whether you spend more time be­ing bare­foot or de­cide to do the tod­dler-be­fore-bath­streak through the house, the naked truth is spend­ing more time get­ting com­fort­able with our own skin can ex­pose greater health and hap­pi­ness. (If you would like to see an ar­ti­cle on a spe­cific topic, please email kelly@ in­digolounge.ca).

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