Updated: Mar 28, 2020
There’s scientific proof to why the expression, “Nature is the Best Medicine” is true.
Studies of the brain have concluded there’s an electrochemical change that occurs producing a calming, relaxed and meditative state that occurs from being outdoors.
Below is a list of 20 proven facts, any one of these reasons is enough for me to want to get outside!
1.The healing energy is abundant at the beach. Due to the salt (a natural energy cleanser) and moving air, the ocean and beach vibrate at a higher frequency.
One of the reasons why we naturally gravitate to the beach for vacations or in stressful times. Nature's sound bath.
2. Being outdoors improves happiness and productivity.
3. Increases serotonin and dopamine. Both serotonin and dopamine are natural chemicals or neurotransmitters in our brain that are responsible for sending messages between the brain and different nerve cells of the body. Serotonin is responsible for many functions such as memory, sleep, behavior, and appetite. Dopamine affects movement, emotional response, and your ability to feel pleasure.
4. Vitamin D Helps Your Body Function More Efficiently
By maximizing calcium absorption, vitamin D promotes bone and dental health. It can also elevate mood and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more. Vitamin D also improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure by literally relaxing your blood vessels.
5. Natural Light Normalizes Your Sleep Schedule
6. Being in Nature Causes You to Unplug
Multi-tasking, particularly with electronic devices, is a leading cause of stress. A University of California, Irvine study found that people who had access to email and therefore received a steady stream of messages throughout the day had higher heart rates than those who were cut off from electronic communication.
7. It Lowers Stress Hormone Levels
8. Fresh Air Improves Blood Pressure
9. Oxygen Affects Your Sense of Well-being
Negatively ionized air promotes alpha brain waves and increases brain wave amplitude, which creates an overall clear and calming effect.
10. Pumps Up Your Endorphins
Activities such as hiking, biking, and water activities spurs the production of endorphins, your brain’s “feel-good” neurotransmitters—this is the sensation often referred to as a “runner’s high.” With increased endorphin levels, you’ll feel loose, clear-headed, and calm.
11. Improve your short term memory.
12. Reduces inflammation
13. Recover more quickly.
14. Eliminates fatigue
15. Fight depression and anxiety
16. Lowers blood pressure
17. Improves your ability to focus
18. Perform better on creative tasks after being outside
19. Prevent cancer
20. Boosts your immune system
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