HEALTH: The benefits of daring to bare

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While endorsing the advertisement/feature under ‘Lack of sun causing health issues’ Herald, June 23, I confess to being naturist.

Michelle Winspear writes: The body’s ability to produce vitamin D is reduced with age.

It is also inhibited by lack of sunshine or covering up with clothes. Perhaps that explains why, at 85 years old, I am still able to live a pretty full life by driving to naturist venues towing my caravan.

I frequently visit a Yorkshire naturist club where a large proportion of members are well over 65 years old, happy healthy people.

I agree with that which Michelle tells us, the best time to produce vitamin D from sunlight is from March to October and around noon of those days.

I fear that many people do not try to reduce the risk of cancer and other skin ailments by exposing their skin to what sunshine is available sufficiently early in the year, in order to gain a protective suntan and natural resistance to sunburn which is needed in the height of summer or on holiday overseas where UV rays are more intense.

Readers may ask: Why is it a requirement to be completely naked?

It is because textile clothing, however small or light, will harbour bacteria that may cause skin infections especially when we perspire.

Most naturists are not exhibitionists and are offended by that suggestion.

It is a matter of hygiene why swimwear is prohibited in swimming pools at naturist clubs.

Naturists are often taken to be “good for a laugh” but they are usually quite passionate about being able to enjoy the sensation of not wearing any clothes. Social nudity defies the written word and has no connection to sex but it is an excellent way to making friends and getting a feeling of freedom within nature.

Once people of both genders ‘dare to go bare’ most become naturists for the rest of their lives. Please be warned that skinny dipping can be addictive.

Norman Bateman

Low Espley

Morpeth