Get Outside to Build Your Immunity

June 18, 2022

Imagine going to the doctor because you’re not feeling well and being told to go outside and spend time in nature. That’s exactly what is happening in Canada, where doctors can now prescribe nature as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Now, granted, a walk in the park isn’t going to cure cancer or immediately reverse type 2 diabetes. However, spending time outdoors does have some positive health benefits and spring is the ideal time to get out there and take advantage. And, as part of your treatment plan, can control the symptoms and progression of a wide range of illnesses and diseases. Keep reading to find out why you should go outside as much as possible.

Boosts Mood

One of the best perks of time spent in nature is that it can make you feel better. In these uncertain COVID-19 times, many of us are looking for something to boost our mood. Research finds that depression, anxiety and anger are significantly reduced simply by being outside. This is due in part to your body’s absorption of vitamin D, which is available from sunlight. Because very few foods contain vitamin D, time spent outside can help you keep your levels healthy.

Improves Focus

Current times are messing with focus and concentration. That goes for both children and adults. After all, there are so many things going on in the world that make it hard to pay attention to the task at hand. The solution? Going outside. Nature gives your brain the chance to take a break, which can help you focus better once you get back to work.

Speeds Healing

Being injured or undergoing surgery is a naturally stressful event, but that stress can slow the healing process. To speed things up, commit to spending some time outdoors. Research has found that nature can reduce the number of painkillers needed, the risk of complications and a lengthy hospital stay.

Supports a Healthy Heart

In addition to controlling stress, spending time in nature can lower blood pressure. As you likely know, elevated blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease. By reducing stress hormones and controlling blood pressure, you protect your heart, something that is important at any age.

Chances are that you enjoy being outside, but it can be difficult to fit into your already busy schedule. Fortunately, small pockets of nature are beneficial so just a few minutes can offer the benefits you want. Consider taking a short walk on your lunch break, having dinner in the park with your kids a few times a week, or simply reading a book on the patio instead of in your bed. Once it becomes a habit to get outside, you’ll start to see the perks listed here. So, while doctors here in America aren’t traditionally prescribing nature (yet), you can prescribe time outside yourself. Get out there and enjoy!

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