Get Out There: Let Nature Heal You

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I think there is something really wonderful about every season. However this time of year I find myself, while enjoying holiday festivities, longing to be out in the wilderness. The best part about going out in the woods is that if you hike far enough you run out of cell phone service. There’s no where to charge any of your electronics so I make a point to leave them all at my house. Without all the bright lights and city noises I feel like I’m finally able to relax. It’s like hitting a giant reset button for your body.

Now the question is, is all this time in nature really benefiting you? The answer is yes! Here are four scientifically backed benefits of being in nature.

Improve eye function

Getting outside can improve your eye health.  If you have a computer desk job you run the risk of devloping Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Symptoms include: blurred vision, dry/red eyes, eye irritation, headaches, and neck or back pain. Focusing on objects not two feet from your face can reverse the symptoms associated with CVS.

Having your eyes exposed to too much artificial light can cause nearsightedness. Studies have shown that people who spend more than two hours outside everday were four times less likely to develop nearsightedness.


Improve sleep

Our sleep patterns are regulated by an internal clock called the circadian rythm. Our circadian rhythm is naturally in sync with when the sun rises and sets in the evening. Research has shown that spending a week out in nature can reset your circadian rythm.

Vitamin D levels will rise

Vitamin D helps fights osteoporosis, cancer, depression, and heart attacks. About an hour of sunlight a day can be beneficial or until your skin turns slightly pink.

Exercise

We all know how important it is to exercise but in todays society it gets harder and harder after working 8-10 hours a day. Spending time out in nature especially if you plan to go hiking will make you feel great! Exercise helps you control your weight, balance blood sugar, promotes healthy gut bacteria, boosts energy, and improves your mood.

So on your next weekend day trip or vacation make a point to spend time outside. Let nature heal you from the inside out. It’s free so enjoy it!

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

― Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

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Erin is a full-time student studying Environmental Science, a part-time blogger, and has a full-time job. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and Celiac disease four years ago. After her diagnosis and countless doctors who continually pushed pharmaceuticals, she sought a more natural approach. She took counsel with a Naturopathic doctor, who accurately diagnosed her illness, and together they made changes to her diet which has brought her back to life! She wants to encourage others with food allergies to enjoy food and live a healthy life. In her free time she loves hiking, doing yoga, and cooking delicious all natural food!

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