Log off and get outside; your health may depend on it!
Every few weeks, I begin to get this anxious feeling. It’s rather familiar to me now. It’s the feeling of needing to disconnect, get outside and re-connect with Mother Nature. Over the last year, I’ve begun exploring the great outdoors more and more. Sometimes it’s a 4 hour hike, other times it’s an overnight stay in the wilderness, and when I’m lucky, I get to spend several days sleeping under the stars, disconnected from technology, and surrounded by fresh air. And it seems I’m not the only one who relies on nature to keep them in balance.
Forest Bathing can boost your health.
A couple of weeks ago, NPR reported on a new trend that’s encouraging individuals to take time to retreat into nature; stating that even just a few hours of disconnecting could have a significant impact on one’s health. The trend, effectively named, Forest Bathing, involves engaging with the natural environment. Though there isn’t any actual bathing involved, this movement is more of a mental cleansing. According to the NPR report, by surrounding yourself with nature, you can improve blood pressure, reduce stress hormones and even boost immunity. You can read the full story, “Forest Bathing: A Retreat to Nature Can Boost Immunity and Mood” to find out more about this health-benefiting trend, or simply try it yourself.
From the great outdoors to the comfortable indoors.
It’s hard to believe, but 99% of human evolution was spent in the natural environment. The 1% of this range is, of course, within the last century; where we have moved from the great outdoors to the comfortable indoors. The rise of modern civilization and technology has removed us from the natural environment that the human body has thrived on for ages, and moved us into office buildings, living rooms, and even indoor gyms, and we are now at our most unhealthiest. A majority of us are stressed, many are obese, and countless others are suffering from chronic illnesses; all of which diminish one’s quality of life.
Get outside and unwind
In order to live a healthy, long life, it’s not enough to simply get up and move; you also have to connect with the natural environment. And it’s more than simply just going outside, it’s about removing yourself from a stressful environment and letting yourself unwind in an environment that humans have thrived on for centuries. Plus, there are also nutrients you can take to help protect your body from damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals. Antioxidants, such as those found in Cell Shield RTQ™, help the body repair any cell damage caused by free radicals or other unnatural toxins.
In the upcoming week, remember to get outside, leave electronic devices behind, and allow yourself to connect with nature.