Everything around us carries value. The air we breathe, the food we consume, our home, and even our clothes. Yes, you read it right. Our clothes hold certain benefits in terms of health. Obviously, neat and clean clothes will be free from germs and won’t cause a problem, but today we are not talking about the hygiene of the garments. The focus is on the fabrics from which these clothes are made. Many pieces of research have found that the fabrics we wear regularly have direct effects on our health. Traditionally, our ancestors also considered specific clothing materials for particular purposes that cured or prevented some medical issues.
Natural, sustainable fabrics are the best because they have no artificial coloring and synthetics. It would be best if you opt for these materials keeping the quality mark in mind. Let’s look over some natural fabrics and the health benefits they provide.
Some health benefits of opting for natural fabrics:
- Breathable: It is a known fact that natural fabrics are quite breathable due to their high absorption quality. They are excellent ventilators of excess moisture and dry out the dampness real quick. That is why materials like cotton and silk can be worn during extremely hot and sweaty weather. These fabrics do not cause any type of rashes or itching.
- Prevents allergies: Fabrics like silk, cotton, wool, linen, and bamboo are hypoallergenic in nature as they have anti-bacterial properties that protect the person wearing that from microbes attack. Fortunately, that natural anti-microbe agent can survive the fiber-making process making the fabric natural, anti-bacterial, fungal-resistant, and odor-free. For this reason, people with hyper skin sensitivity should use silk bed sheets and clothing. Pashmina blanket is the ideal choice for babies as they are not harsh on the skin while providing all the comfort. As they have no artificial synthetic materials, so they are eco-friendly and do not cause any health issues like artificial fabrics that cause severe problems like skin irritation.
- Great insulators: All the natural fabrics come with self-thermal adjusting capability. Skiers on the slopes wear silk to control their body temperature and trap heat. Materials like bamboo, wool, and silk enthrall the air in between the creases, bends, and micro-holes. Due to this reason, the trapped air in between the fabric holes and fibers generates warmth in the wintertime and cooling during the summer.
- Sustainable mode of fashion: People nowadays are moving towards sustainable fashion; that’s why natural fabrics are the best choice for them. These materials are extracted from trees, plants, and animals, and therefore they can be replaced and regrown with time. The biodegradable fabrics decompose without causing any harm to nature.
- Environmental Friendly: These natural fabrics can be recycled and reused to get something new. The synthetic materials are made through a chemical process, emit greenhouse gases, and take more energy and time to decompose or recycle.
Some benefits of Silk: Silk fabric contains natural protein and 18 essential amino acids. It has natural cellular albumen, which speeds up the metabolism of skin cells, therefore, reducing the onset of wrinkles and fine lines on the face.
As it does not conduct any static electricity, sleeping on a silk pillowcase helps reduce hair breakage, so your hair keeps its blowdry for longer. It is the strongest of natural fibers. It is also a breathable fabric and a natural temperature regulator. Durable silk fabrics help the body retain the heat in cold weather. In contrast, the excess heat is expelled in warm weather, allowing the body to maintain a comfortable, natural temperature. This proves to be especially beneficial for those whose temperature fluctuates at night with night sweats.