We at Flourish + Live Well strongly believe in nature’s power to heal and renew. All of our products harness the natural power and benefits of plants to help us heal and thrive. But beyond these natural remedies, we also believe in connecting with the natural world around us. Nature and time outdoors has been proven to have several health and wellness benefits. Below we outline 5 effects nature can have on our bodies:
Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Research in a growing scientific field called ecotherapy has shown a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced stress, anxiety, and depression. A 2015 study linked time in nature with reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex; lessening negative thoughts and emotions linked with depression and stress. Furthermore, health professionals are also finding that interacting with nature decreases feelings of isolation, and promotes calm, lifted moods among patients.
Get the Necessary Vitamin D
Sunlight is an essential way to get vitamin D. Vitamin D has several benefits that make it essential for our bodies: it helps us absorb calcium, prevents osteoporosis, reduces inflammation, and has even been shown to fight disease. Though found in certain foods, like salmon and certain milks, we get more than 90% of our vitamin D from sun exposure and time outdoors.
Boost your Immune System
Time outside has also been found to benefit our immune system. Research has found that breathing in phytoncides, the chemicals produced by plants, increases our levels of white blood cells. These cells help us fight off infections and diseases, and are critical in staying healthy.
Time spent outside with fresh air is also linked to higher creativity levels. A simple change of scenery and time away from our screens and daily work environment gives our bodies and mind the necessary break and refresh needed to spark creativity and new ideas. Psychologists found that backpackers scored 50 percent higher on creativity tests after spending a few days in the wild sans electronics. Especially nowadays, when most of us are working from home, a quick break outside might boost your creativity and productivity.
This week, try to set aside time to harness the benefits of nature. Whether that is taking a neighborhood stroll or bike ride, beach walk, or simply sitting in your backyard, breathe some fresh air and give your body the natural tools you need to heal and relax.
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