Benefits of Being Out in Nature
Importance of being out in nature.
The Japanese have a word for spending time in nature, Shinrin-yoku. It means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "Forest Bathing." There are several amazing benefits of being out in nature, but in the book, Brain Wash, Dr. Perlmutter discusses an important one.
"One of them being is the phytoncide to refer to the substance emitted by plants that helps prevent them from rotting or being eaten by bugs. As it turns out, they may also be quite powerful tools for health, particularly concerning our immunity. Researchers have linked phytoncide to lower levels of stress, which may have then led to improved immune function."
"Nature is the ultimate connector. It's our place of origin and our first home. Our genes developed for millions of years under nature's influences, so it's little wonder that spending time in nature does us good."
Benefits of Nature Exposure
- Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count and activity for the body's natural killer cells
- Reduced blood pressure
- Heightened coping abilities for stress and less stress in general
- Improved mood
- Increased mindfulness
- Increased ability to focus, even with children with ADHD
- Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
- Increased energy
- Improved sleep
(From pages 94-97 of The Brain Wash)
With all that's going on, it's important to take the time to get outside every day. Go for a walk, go for a hike, play soccer in your yard. Just get outside and breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy God's creations. It has a great way of making us feel better!
Whether it’s in your workouts, spending time with family, or being by yourself find time to be out in nature more! It’s good for the body, mind, and spirit!