Simply Nahala

Writer. Photographer. Soul Traveler.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunbathing Naked

In terms of experiencing my physical body, sunbathing naked and skinny dipping is such a treat! It is something I prefer to do alone as it is sacred time for me, but kudos to nudists and others that feel comfortable in their nakedness around others :) There is nothing more liberating than to feel the sun on parts of my body that rarely see the light of day.

In recent years, the mainstream media and medical profession have infused fear among the masses in relation to the sun. We are told to never be in the sun without slathering sunscreen on every inch of our body or we are at risk for skin cancer. According to the consumer protection organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) many of the ingredients found in these popular "sun protecting" lotions and potions contain harmful ingredients. Go figure?!

The sun is not our enemy. Without those glorious sunbeams, life on earth would wither and die including us! There is growing research that shows a direct correlation between dis-ease and sunshine. Dr. Mercola has written a new book called Dark Deception: Discover the Truth About the Benefits of Sunlight Exposure that explores the benefits of sunlight exposure and the health secrets of Vitamin D. People with healthy diets and regular sun exposure have a greater resistance to dis-ease compared to others that have limited exposure. Ever wonder why the "flu season" is in the colder months?

For those that purport the sun is dangerous to our health, I would beg to differ. The sun is a healer, a detoxifier. The truth is that we live during a time where we are overburdened with environmental toxins. Much of our food supply is chemically laden and even organic produce lacks vitamins and minerals due to the depletion of our soil. If we are ingesting unhealthy things, the sun will act as a detoxifier and magnify any ill effects. On the other hand, if we are eating healthy, the sun increases our vitality and longevity.

So how can we harness the sun's energy and healing capacity if we don't have the "perfect" diet or lifestyle. There are some precautions we can take to sunbathe responsibly. Below are some things that I have learned on my journey:

Apply a safe sunscreen. The EWG does a tremendous amount of research for consumers. Click HERE to learn about EWG's Guide to Sunscreens. I use unrefined coconut oil on my body when sunbathing, which is a natural sunscreen. I'm also using a Sun Shield SPF 28 with coconut for my face made by MyChelle.

Minimize sun exposure. A little goes a long way, 20 minutes on each side per day when possible is adequate, but trust your intuition. Your body may require less or more. If I'm out in the sun for long periods of time, I cover up with clothing and a hat. Drink lots of water and apply aloe vera after being in the sun.

Embracing The Sun And Nakedness,

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing or have a medical condition please consult your physician before using any suggested products.


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