Just as you might opt for organic whole foods, there are many reasons to also select healthier fabrics. Throughout the day, your skin comes in contact with a variety of fabrics, from clothing and outerwear to towels, blankets and bed sheets. As your body’s largest organ, skin is responsible for important functions like immune defense, temperature regulation and detoxification. Some fabrics can interfere with these functions, cause additional stress, and even disrupt your energetic frequency. Let’s explore how and why.
Ever since the introduction of synthetic fibers in 1938, manufacturers have moved away from natural fabrics. Today, nearly 70% of all clothing is made from synthetic materials. The trouble with many synthetic fibers is that they typically require more processing and more chemicals. Your skin’s pores are the perfect gateway for chemicals from clothing to enter your body, increasing your toxic load. Natural, organic fibers are better for your physical and energetic wellness, though some are better than others.
Itching, Rashes, and Your Stress Response
Have you ever chosen a fashionable shirt that was made of fabric that turned out to be irritating? Did your skin itch or develop a rash? Some fabrics trigger a stress response, particularly synthetic fabrics that restrict your skin’s natural oxygen absorption. Your skin prefers breathable fabrics for comfort and temperature regulation.
The discomfort of these skin irritations can make you feel uncomfortable and sometimes even irritable because the reaction increases the presence of stress hormones. Prolonged discomfort can also cause serious adrenal fatigue.
If you have a history of skin sensitivities, such as psoriasis or eczema, then it is especially important to choose fabrics that are gentle on your skin. But there are other considerations to be mindful of as well.
A Fabric’s Energetic Frequency
The fabrics you wear may affect you in ways that cannot be seen by the naked eye; but they can be measured. Everything on earth has its own vibrational frequency. Objects, places, and people emit energy that can be transferred, affecting your mood, energy and wellness.
In 2003, Dr. Heidi Yellen studied the frequencies of various fabrics using an Ag-Environ machine, with interesting results. Using the Ag-Environ, the study established the frequency of a healthy human body at around 100. Coincidentally, they found that this is also the same frequency of organic cotton. Non-organic cotton measures lower, closer to 70. When you are sick, your frequency drops. A person who is very ill may have a frequency as low as 15, which is also the measured energetic frequency of polyester (synthetic) and rayon (semi-synthetic).
The study additionally found an interplay between the fabrics we wear and our own frequencies. When you wear fabrics with lower frequencies, your body is taxed and your frequency is lowered. It is also true that when we wear fabrics with a higher frequency, our bodies become energized. Two natural options, linen and merino wool, carry the highest frequencies at 5,000. Based on this information, it would be wise to reach for linen during the summer and in warmer climates. Likewise, merino wool is one ideal option for winter or colder climates.What Fabrics Are Best For Your Health?
The healthiest fabrics are soft, gentle, lightweight, breathable, absorbent and hypoallergenic. In general, choose natural, organic fibers. Avoid heavy dyes and toxic chemicals. Of course, you should also be mindful of the climate and any personal allergies. Look for untreated fabrics or those with natural dyes. Some of the healthiest fabrics include: soft organic cotton, flax linen, hemp linen, silk, or merino wool.
What Fabrics To Avoid
The wrong fabrics are constricting, chemical laden, pore clogging, or irritating. In general, avoid synthetic fabrics as they tend to contain more chemical dyes. Some natural materials can also be irritating, so choose carefully. While merino wool is softer and non-irritating, most other types of wool can be quite irritating, especially for those with eczema. Polyester, nylon, rayon and satin are also notorious for not allowing the skin to breathe, leading to excessive sweating and clogged pores.
Now that you know how fabrics affect our health and wellbeing, choose wisely and be sure to launder your fabrics with only safe, fragrance-free detergents.
For personalized guidance, schedule a phone consultation with Rose Boghos, Whole Health Educator™, Lifestyle Practitioner, and Reiki Master Teacher.
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What To Remember:Many synthetic fabrics contain chemicals that irritate your skin and damage your health.
Fabrics carry energetic frequencies that may raise or lower your own vibration.
Choose organic, natural fabrics that are soft and breathable.
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