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7 Scientific Reasons Why Sleeping Naked Is Really Good For You

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While basking naked under the heat of the sun is essential to catching some vitamin D, science suggests that sleeping in the buff also has its perks, including catching some z’s.

According to the separate surveys by the Global Sleep Survey Report and the Costa Mesa-based Anna’s Linens survey, only one-third of the British population and 8% of Americans dare sleeping in the buff. But science has already disrobed 6 reasons why sleeping like Adam and Eve is sexier, healthier, and cooler—figuratively and literally.

1) Sleeping Naked Improves Sleep Quality: (Numerous Health Benefits!) According to the findings of sleep expert Dr. Chris Idzikowski of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, the body’s core temperature is at its highest at 11 pm and at its lowest at 4 am. Anything that prevents the body from cooling down will disturb the brain from its much needed sleep, leaving a person tired the next day. He added that sleeping naked makes it easier for the body to cool down and maintain the lower temperature the brain wants to achieve. Although it is important to release heat at night, you should still not get too cold – and the hands and feet in particular should be kept warm. Cold hands and feet constrict blood vessels and reduce blood flow to keep the heat from escaping. [1]

2) Burns Calories: “Sex burns calories, but sleeping?” Yes – the mere act of sleeping is now related to burning calories—well, not just sleeping but “skinny sleeping”. All credits belong to type of “good fat” called brown fat. A recent celebrity in the realm of diabetes research, brown fat burns calories while white fat just stores calories. Scientists just recently discovered the presence of brown fat in adults, as opposed to the earlier assumption that it melts away with age. [2]

3) Produces Oxytocin aka. “The Love Hormone”: (Numerous Health and Happiness Benefits!) If sleeping with a spouse or an intimate partner, go naked! Skin-to-skin contact generates a boost of oxytocin – known for its benefits to physical and mental health. Known as the “pair bonding” hormone, oxytocin maintains closeness necessary for relationships and reduces anxiety. Recently, a survey by New Hampshire-based Cotton USA reported that 57% of people who sleep naked claim to be happy with their relationship, compared with 48% of pyjama wearers and 43% of nightie wearers.

More importantly, sleeping naked with the person you can be intimate with is physiologically healthy too. Several studies by Dr. Uvnäs-Moberg and Dr. Peterson have revealed the various benefits of oxytocin: lowers blood pressure, alleviates stress, improves glycemic control, and helps wounds heal faster. Sleeping naked together also causes more sex which provides a couple more benefits. [3][4]

4) Prevents Vaginal Infections: Not wearing underwear at night does not make the vagina prone to infections. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Allowing the vaginal area to breathe and cool down at night is essential to clean hygiene, especially if prone to UTIs or fungal conditions. Since bacteria and fungi thrive in warm and moist conditions, disrobing even the undergarments at night is a healthy practice. In some cases, wearing a thong or the wrong type of underwear could even increase one’s risk of having vaginal infections. Sleeping without underwear is also sometimes advised for treating vulvovaginitis or swelling/infection of the vagina and vulva. [5][6][7]

5) Reduced Diabetes Risk: Although not a cure for obesity, several findings have seen the effects of brown fat in improving metabolism and insulin resistance. So how does sleeping naked come into the equation? By allowing the body to cool, the brown fat burns on its own. In an experiment led by Dr. Francesco S. Celi, the men exposed to mild cold every night for a month, had a 42% increase in brown fat volume and a 10% increase in fat metabolic activity. The brown fat increase improved their insulin sensitivity, a potential source for curing diabetes in the future. [8][9]

6) Reduces skin problems: Excessive or warm clothing at night may not only cause sweating—which disrupts your sleep—but also trap the toxins from your sweat. When you’re sweating with your clothes on, it’s either you wake up and change or your clothes become damp and your skin reabsorbs your sweat with the toxins. Although sweating does not cause acne and other skin problems, improper hygiene after sweating becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Overheating at night not only disrupts your sleep but also could potentially cause heat rash and other skin infections. [10][11]

7) Improves Hormone Balance: Since sleeping naked improves the quality of sleep, it also improves the body’s ability to recharge. Staying up late has been linked to poor fertility in women. Poor sleeping habits may cause irregular periods, a symptom of infertility, because of inadequate production of the hormone leptin. Inadequate sleep disrupts the production of leptin, a hormone necessary of ovulation. Furthermore, poor sleeping habits causes premature aging and affects fertility hormones, says Dr. Tracy Latz, a psychiatrist in North Carolina. A study at the University of Southern Denmark puts men at the same risk of decreased infertility due to lack of sleep or sleep disturbances. The findings suggest that poor sleep lowers sperm count as the results showed that the sperm counts of major night owls were an average of 29% lower than those with healthy sleep patterns. In a related study, it was found that restricting sleep significantly lowers testosterone levels. [12][13][14]

References:

[1] http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/544097/Sleeping-naked-cuts-diabetes-risk/

[2] http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2015/01/08/energy-burning-brown-fat-protein/

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9924739

[4] http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/survey-sleeping-naked-good-relationships-article-1.1849491

[5] http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20668027_8,00.html

[6] http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/vulvovaginitis/overview.html

[7] https://www.msu.edu/user/eisthen/yeast/causes.html

[8] http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/july2014/07282014fat.htm

[9] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2847828/Sleeping-naked-cut-risk-diabetes-not-mention-ward-infections-trim-waistline-make-exhausted.html

[10] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21057782

[11] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-rash/basics/causes/con-20033908

[12] http://attainfertility.com/article/sleep-infertility-link

[13] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23568594

[14] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21632481

25 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life

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The use of apple cider vinegar dates back hundreds of years. Because of its potent antibacterial properties, it was – is – a favorite to use for numerous applications including wounds, bruises, and even prophylactic cleansing.

Folk medicine credited apple cider vinegar as a remedy for illnesses like the flu and there are numerous modern studies that support the various health claims of consuming and using apple cider vinegar and its potential for use as a natural and healthier alternative to antibacterial products.

Health Benefits

1. Curing Mouth Sores: Mota, et. al. evaluated the antifungal abilities of ACV, using it to kill Candida, a fungus that is responsible for a condition called oral thrush. When you wear dentures or practice poor oral hygiene, you have a higher risk for getting mouth infections or sores. Instead of using a typical commercial mouthwash that is laden with chemicals, try a rinse made with apple cider vinegar! Dilute ACV in half a glass of water and rinse out your mouth after brushing your teeth to dry out those mouth sores. [1]

2. Reducing Serum Lipid Levels: A 2014 study on ACV was conducted on several groups of mice, testing the beneficial effects of ACV on serum lipid levels. The mice were on high-cholesterol diets and fed ACV. The study concluded that including ACV in your diet could significantly lower total cholesterol, suggestive of preventative action against heart and metabolic health diseases. [2]

3. Protecting Your Liver and Kidneys: The same study that concluded that ACV lowers serum lipid levels also found out that ACV could preventoxidative stress which damages the liver and kidneys. The protective effect of ACV was seen as the levels of antioxidants and vitamins in the kidney and liver were higher after ACV was included in the mice’s diets. [2]

4. Reducing Serum Blood Glucose: ACV’s ability to decrease the levels of triglycerides, HDLs, and LDLs can protect a person from diabetes. This was seen in Shishehbor, et. al.’s study that focused on ACV’s effects on the lipid profile of rats. After feeding the rats with diets with ACV for four weeks, the HbA1c levels of the diabetic rats were significantly decreased. HbA1c is a test that measures plasma glucose levels over a long period of time, which is more accurate for testing for diabetes than testing blood sugar after fasting. The results of the study were conclusive: ACV can help reduce blood glucose levels in the body in the long-run and prevent diabetes. [3]

5. Improving Insulin Sensitivity: An older study published in 2004 also solidified ACV’s beneficial effects for diabetics. Johnston, Kim, and Buller studied the effects of ACV on insulin sensitivity after meals. Insulin produced by the pancreas is responsible for promoting glucose uptake by the cells – which is compromised in diabetics. When the cells become less responsive to insulin, too much glucose remains in the blood. After including ACV intheir diets, the test subjects had significantly better insulin sensitivity after consuming high-glucose food. [4]

6. Relieving a Sore Throat: A warm, apple cider vinegar gargle can potentially help fight the symptoms of a sore throat caused by bacteria. Mix equal parts water and vinegar (depending on your tolerance for the ACV’s acidity and taste) and gargle two to three times a day. The ACV gargle can help reduce inflammation and cause faster alleviation of your sore throat.

7. Fighting Athlete’s Foot: Not only can ACV be used to fight foot odor, it can also be used to prevent athlete’s foot. Wipe your feet a cloth dampened with ACV and wash after a few minutes. The solution can be diluted or use pure ACV; pure ACV has higher acetic acid concentration and has a higher chance killing the microorganisms responsible for athlete’s foot.

8. Relieving Itchiness and Sunburn: Relieving itchiness is another popular home remedy for ACV. If you’ve got a bug bite, a scratch from poison ivy, or sunburn, ACV is your cure. For small, affected areas, apply apple cider vinegar directly to the area. If you’ve got a problem with sunburn, apple ACV to your bathwater and soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes to ease the pain.

Beauty Benefits

9. Toning the Face: Toners are marketed to even out the skin’s complexion, give the skin a deeper clean, and prevent acne.A popular – and cheap! – method for keeping your face toned and clean is using apple cider vinegar. Beauty gurus all over the internet are endorsing ACV as their go-to alternative to commercial facial toners on the market. Remember to dilute the ACV (half water, half ACV) to prevent damage to the delicate skin of the face. If you start experiencing rashes or skin sensitivity, dilute the ACV further or give your skin a break. This will even out your skin tone and fade blemishes faster.

10. Preventing Body Odor: Similar to ACV’s effects on athlete’s foot, you can also use diluted ACV to prevent body odor. Body odor is caused by bacteria found on the skin not by sweat, which means you need to target the bacteria in order to fight body odor. Wipe ACV on your underarms before bed and shower the morning after (to remove the smell) to kill the odor-causing bacteria found in the area. You never have to worry about body odor ever again!

11. Teeth Whitening: The critics are divided on this one, because prolonged consumption or use of vinegar can damage tooth enamel. However, the benefits of ACV’s bacteria-fighting properties cannot be denied. Gargle a dilutedACV solution occasionally or in moderation and prevent cavities and fight bad breath or halitosis. With proper use, you can even see your teeth whiten due to ACV use.

12. Clearing Out Dandruff: Using an ACV mixture as a hair rinse is an effective way to clear out dandruff. When your scalp flakes, it can be difficult to remove the dandruff with just shampoo and water. The acid content of ACV can reduce product build-up in your hair, which contributes to the formation of dandruff, aside from clearing out the dandruff itself. Spray a diluted ACV mixture into your hair, wrap a towel around yourhead, and leave it on for as long as an hour before rinsing it out.

13. Fading Bruises: Similar to the way ACV can fade blemishes, ACV can also help fade bruises faster. The potential anti-inflammatory effects of ACV can speed up the healing process of broken blood vessels under the skin (which cause the formation of bruises). If you’ve got any nasty bruises, try gently rubbing the area with apple cider vinegar and watch your bruises fade in a few days.

14. Removing Warts: While the exact science behind the ability of ACV to remove warts is still unknown, its effectiveness is unmetered. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it nightly to the wart until it is removed. The acidity of the ACV can dry out the wart quicker which could be the reason why it is so effective in wart removal.

15. Aiding Digestion: The antibacterial and antioxidant properties of ACV can help settle your stomach. You can drink a solution of ACV, water, and sugar when you have stomach flu or ache to ease the cramps or pain. You can even store it in the refrigerator as a digestive aid you can take if you’ve eaten something that doesn’t agree with you. Lifestyle Benefits

16. Detoxifying the Body: Detox diets are all the rage today, with numerous people turning to “detoxifying” to keep the extra weight off and be healthier. Apple cider vinegar is a potent anti-oxidant that has been proven to clear the body of free radicals and toxins. Include ACV in your drink in the morning and start your detox diet today.

17. Post-exercise Energy Drink: Apple cider vinegar is also rich in nutrients like amino acids which can counteract the effects of lactic acid. Because lactic acid build up happens after exercising, try including ACV in your post-exercise drink to prevent any muscle pain.

Cleaning Benefits:

18. Cleaning Counters: The problem with commercial-grade household cleaners is their inherent danger to humans. Children and pets can ingest them which can cause severe health problems, and in other cases, even simple exposure to a commercial cleaning agent can damage the skin. Apple cider vinegar is not only beneficial to the body, it is also a potent household cleaner. You can use it pure to wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters, followed by a rinse with a damp cloth.

19. Killing Bad Odors: Apple cider vinegar is a great choice for killing bad odors in your home. When you use ACV to clean your counters, you’ll notice that it also keeps them odor free! If you are experiencing any bad smells fromyour bathroom, kitchen or your pets, try keeping ACV in a dish and placing it that area. It will neutralize any unwanted odors.

20. Tending Your Garden: One of the worst battles to fight if you keep a garden is the weeds. They feed off of the nutrients that would’ve otherwise nurtured your plants and change the composition of the soil in which they grow. If you have problems with pests or weeds, try a spray made with apple cider vinegar, salt, and dish soap.But be careful when you use this ACV spray! It will also kill any plant you use it on so spray with caution.

Cooking Benefits

21. Salad Dressing: The most obvious use for apple cider vinegar is in cooking, primarily in salads. It is a healthier option to regular vinegar. Mix ACV with your preferred oil — such as olive oil – and other ingredients like garlic and mustard, and use it as a dressing for your salad greens.

22. Juice: As previously mentioned, ACV’s numerous nutritional benefits make it an excellent addition to juices as well. Because drinking pure ACV can damage your teeth and throat, the best way to have it is through ajuice. It can also add a tangy zest to your water or drink aside from being nutritious.

23. Soups: Despite the sour flavor of ACV, it is a perfect addition to soups. It won’t really taste like vinegar! It will be an interesting taste to add to your run-of-the-mill soups.

24. Baking: Vinegar is used in baking to help improve the fluffiness or baked goods like breads and cakes. You canswitch up regular vinegar to ACV in your baking recipe to not only add more airiness to the finished product but also to improve its nutritional content.

25. Sauce: The secret ingredient to the perfect barbeque sauce is apple cider vinegar! Instead of buying commercial barbeque sauces in the supermarket, try making your own from scratch with your own personal blend of flavors. ACV will add that needed kick to your sauce and make it healthier to eat too.

References

[1] Mota, A., et. al. (2014). Antifungal Activity of Apple Cider Vinegar on Candida Species Involved in Denture Stomatitis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25219289

[2] Naziroglu, M., et. al. (2014). Apple cider vinegar modulates serum lipid profile, erythrocyte, kidney, and liver membrane oxidative stress in ovariectomized mice fed high cholesterol. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24894721

[3] Shishehbor, F., et. al. (2008). Apple cider vinegar attenuates lipid profile in normal and diabetic rats. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19630216

[4] Johnston, C., Kim, C., & Buller, A. (2004). Vinegar Improves Insulin Sensitivity to a High-Carbohydrate Meal in Subjects With Insulin Resistance or Type 2 Diabetes. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/1/281.full




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Here’s a super-useful chart of juice combos that you can try for support of various conditions! There are some interesting (and delicious) combos here. Pin, bookmark, save or print out to keep the chart handy. :)

There is also some interesting science “under the hood”: For example, did you know that grapefruit contains tryptophan, a natural “building block” (precursor) that the body uses to make serotonin? So if you are low in serotonin, which can cause depression (especially in winter), grapefruit might help!

Another thing that might be of interest to you would be to consider herbs that are also regarded as valuable for the conditions listed. We have a giant list of these herbal remedies at http://www.herbs-info.com/herbal-remedies.html You may find however that some of the herbs would be better taken separately as they will not necessarily combine well with the juices, flavor-wise!

If you are into healthy drinks, we have numerous other tutorials. Here are a couple:

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