6 Ways that Nature Improves Our Health

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We always knew that spending time in nature was always good for both our physical and mental health, but the real question is just how much benefit does spending time in nature carry? According to various studies and research, spending time in nature can reduce stress, calm our minds, help us relax, improve your mood and a lot more. To help you understand just how beneficial spending time in nature can be for your health, here are 6 ways that nature can improve your health.

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Spending Time in Nature can help Improve Short Term Memory

A study was conducted by the University of Michigan, in which students were given a memory test and then were divided into two groups. One group was told to take a walk in the city where as the second group was asked to take a walk in a more natural area which was populated with trees. When both the groups came back and re-did the test, the group that had walked in the more nature oriented area did 20% better where as those that walked through the city made no improvements.

Nature Improves Our Ability To Connect

Spending more time in nature improves not only our ability to connect with others but also to ourselves. A myriad of studies were conducted by Kuo and Coley at the Human-Environment Research Lab, along with another study at the University of Illinois has shown that people that are around nature like tress and plants are more social, know more people and have a much better idea of their self-identity.

Nature helps Stay Calm

The most well-known fact about spending time in nature is that it helps us stay calm. Taking a walk in the great outdoors, seeing the trees, breathing the fresh unpolluted air and seeing the sunrise or set is scientifically proven to calm our nerves and help us relax.

Giving Back to Nature

While out in nature, we also experience the plants, creatures, and animals of our world. Many people have chosen to start beekeeping or raising monarch butterflies. This way of giving back to nature brings calm to the soul and unleashes new life to the world.

 

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Spending Time In Nature Reduces Stress

Are you feeling stressed or tense? Set out to the trees and plains of grass. Scientific research has proven that spending time in nature can reduce stress, improve mood and even increase mental performance as well as doing wonders for the body. A study was conducted in which students were sent in to the forest for 2 days and nights. The students that spent two nights in the forest had lower levels of cortisol along with lower heart rates as compared to those who spent the same amount of time in a city.

Spending Time In nature Can Sharpen Your Brain

Spending day after day staying in our rooms and offices can make life pretty dull. Following the same routine everyday can become monotonous to our brains, causing our brains to get caught up in the recurring pattern, leading them to becoming dull. According to a recent study published by PLOS One, spending time in nature creates an atmosphere of excitement and relaxation which has a fresh and positive effect on how our brains operate. Being outside, surrounded by trees and flowers lets our imagination wander and creativity flow, sharpening our brains in the process.

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Using Science and Technology to Promote Better Health

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These days, nearly everyone has a technical gadget at arm’s length. Whether it is a smartphone or a smart tv, we are constantly connected. More now than ever, people are using technology to find and share information that is helpful to our lives. Besides just entertainment, the second most researched topic area is Health. Studies show that whenever someone has an illness or what to diagnose their symptoms, they turn to the Internet for answers before calling their doctor.

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The Science and Technology behind better Health can be found in many places and has improved the lives of many individuals. The biggest question is knowing where to find the best information that the world wide web can offer. Here are just four places to start with:

  1. WebMD (http://www.webmd.com/): WebMD is an American corporation known primarily as an online publisher of news and information pertaining to human health and well-being. You can look up information like symptoms and treatment for many common medical condition. You can get detail information on various drugs and medication, and any interactions or side effects.
  2. Medline Plus (https://medlineplus.gov/): Medline Plus is similar to WebMD, but is managed by the National Institute of Health (NIH). It provides information on health, wellness, disorders, and conditions. Patients can learn about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, herbs, and supplements. They have discovery videos, health and surgery videos, games, and quizzes. And, you can see articles and images for diseases, symptoms, tests, and treatments.
  3. Women’s Health (http://www.womenshealthmag.com/): This site provide information on health and fitness for women. It touches on subjects such as “6 Signs You’re Drinking Way Too Much Coffee” and “17 Ab Exercises You Can Do Anywhere”.
  4. Dr. Axe (https://draxe.com/): Dr. Axe is a real doctor who promotes health through natural remedies, healthy food, and fitness. On his site, you will find a wealth of knowledge. He provides articles and videos that are easy to understand and follow.

These are just some of the sites that you can use to better your health. To take it a  step further, we use technology in other ways as well. Tracking devices such as FitBit and Virtual Medical Assistance help us to not only monitor our bodies, but also see symptoms before they become more serious. This marriage will make living longer, well lives a reality for many.

 

 

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