In today’s society where sex and nudity are used to sell products, casual nakedness is frowned upon, and in most cases, you can even be prosecuted. It is therefore no wonder that naturism is perceived differently in the society, and not in a way that is positive. However, contrary to what most people think, nudism is anything but a sexual lifestyle, and most people who engage in this lifestyle do it to feel free. Being naked socially also offers an alternative solution to most of the problems that people face in their day-to-day lives, and it brings with it a myriad of benefits.
Lets take a look at some of the benefits of naturism:
1) Exposure to sunlight helps to improve the health of the body
One of the main benefits of naturism is that it exposes your body to the sun, which brings about a lot of health benefits. Exposure to the sun helps to boost the production of vitamin D in the body, which has been shown to be beneficial in preventing diseases such as rickets, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer. In addition to improving the physical health of the body, exposure to sunlight also helps to improve mental health; sunbathing naked helps to promote an overall feeling of well-being in your body, which can help to lift your moods.
2) Naturism acts as a therapy
Naturism has been shown to have therapeutic benefits, which can help soothe most of the problems you face in your day-to-day life. The lifestyle is very sensual and it creates a feeling of well-being, which helps to invigorate your body. The feeling of euphoria that comes with being totally naked also helps in the treatment of mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression. In addition, naturism acts as a form of massage where the skin is stimulated, which helps detoxify the lymphatic system and improve the circulation of blood in the body.
3) It helps people accept their bodies
Most people live with the constant fear that their body is not good enough. This is especially the case with women, who are made to feel inferior if their bodies do not match the ideal body images shown in fashion magazines. For example, most women will feel inferior if they perceive that their breasts are too small or too large, or if their bodies are too thin or too large. As a result, people are always under pressure to live up to the mythical ideal image, and use clothes as a way of hiding their feelings of inferiority. Naturism helps to avoid this, by helping people to understand that their self-perceived body imperfections are nothing more than a confirmation of the diversity of human bodies. This helps people to accept their bodies, and respect those of the others.
Original publication 25 February 2016
Posted on NatCorn 3rd May 2021
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