Spring is upon us, and all this sun and warm weather means loads of natural Vitamins, free for the taking! Let’s ditch the tan lines this summer, and improve our health at the same time. Check out #NakedSunTime for inspirational pictures and articles, and take the No Tan Line Challange!
Nude sunbathing feels amazing, and is nothing new. When you look at our ancestors, indigenous people [living in warm climates] before colonization are commonly wearing little more than a small strip of leather to cover their genitals. Both sexes routinely have exposed chests, backs and legs. There are many practical reasons for this, one of which being, it allows the body to absorb large quantities of Sun Vitamins (often called “Vitamin D”) on a daily basis.
When you soak up sun with your entire nude body, you maximize absorption of healing sunshine. Since nudity is frowned upon in Post Colonial societies, an astounding amount of people in these “Developed” nations are suffering from a deficiency of Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency manifests in different ways and contributes to many diseases. It is essential for bone strength and health, immune system responses and the cellular processes of our bodies.
You have probably heard the myth that the sun “causes” cancer, this myth is another contributor to the high rates of Vitamin D deficiency. This myth is rampant but is completely false. According to Mercola.com, “…most [deadly] melanomas occur on the least sun-exposed areas. This sun/cancer myth was created and brought forward by the sunscreen industry, dermatologists and the cancer industry. Conventional sunscreen, as well as lotions, soaps, shampoos and other body care products contain chemicals known to cause cancer, yet these things are overlooked, and blame for skin cancer is instead placed on the sun. This is, of course, counter-intuitive because of the fact that the sun has shone upon humans for centuries, but skin cancer is a modern problem.
Certainly one should approach the sun with respect and build up to an optimum level of sun exposure. Starting in the spring time, with increasingly longer stretches of sun exposure, is a great way to do this. I personally apply raw Shea Butter to keep my skin from burning as well as spending time in the sun in moderation. Work with your skin type and use common sense and intuition. If you sense that it is time to come in, come in. Darker skin which is richer in melanin is extremely resistant to sunburns, while pale skin tends to burn rather quickly.
To get more tips on wise interaction with the sun check out this great post!
Benefits of regular sunbathing go far beyond our physical bodies, and sun exposure is about so much more than “Vitamin D”. Being in nature, in the sun, and bathing in it’s warm, golden glory exposes us to Spiritual Vitamins as well. The sun has been both worshiped and revered throughout the centuries. It warms, it gives life, it brings us the fire energy of creation. Use naked sunbathing time as a time to meditate and fully absorb the healing fire energies.
Ancient texts regarded the sun as the physical embodiment of a spiritual force: the spiritual sun, a divine fire that is the source of creation, spiritual light, and truth. In its journey through the sky, marked by solstices and equinoxes…we can find represented a profound teaching about the universal process of enlightenment. -TheSpiritualSun.com
Of course, in the city your own back yard or patio would be one of the safest places to spend nude time in the sun. But sometimes you need to get creative; whether it is a secluded area in a state park, or a little patch of carpet inside the open sliding glass door of your [upper floor] apartment, where there is a will there is a way!
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