TRENDS keep evolving and the latest one, called butt hole sunning, has people side-eyeing each other.
This is when you expose your perineum to the sun for a while in order to allow its energy into your body.
The perineum is the area between the anus and the genitals. It is essential for the integrity of the pelvic floor, particularly in women.
Its rupture during vaginal birth leads to widening of the gap between the anterior free borders of levator ani muscle on both sides, thus resulting in the woman being prone to prolapse of the uterus, rectum or even urinary bladder.
This new trend is an ancient Taoist practice where the perineum is regarded as a gateway where energy enters and exits the body.
Many years ago, it was believed that the sun has healing powers, thus babies used to be sunbathed in order to get the benefits on its exposure.
This new wellness trend is said to give the body an intense dose of vitamin D, and therefore a significant energy boost.
According to an article published by The Conversation, perineum sunning can also supposedly increase creativity, improve sleep and promote a healthy libido, among other reported benefits.
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Currently, there is no evidence to support the claimed benefits as most believe it is just the power of the mind, and not necessarily the perineum sunning.
If you decide to follow this trend, it is advisable to make sure that you do not get sun burnt. This is because when you get UV light on a part of your skin that is not used to sun exposure, you will get burnt when you overdo it. Make sure you put on some sunscreen.