If you’re a self-professed homebody, you could seriously benefit from a change of scenery. Spending time in nature could improve your physical and mental health, ward off illness, and actually make you happier!
As the Father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates, once said, “Nature itself is the best physician.” If you’re curious about the health benefits you can reap from being outside, read on! Below, we cover 13 reasons to soak up everything nature has to offer. Read on for the best benefits of getting outdoors.
1. Being in Nature Boosts Life Satisfaction
If you’ve been feeling blue, visit somewhere green! A recent study found that men and women who spent just 20 minutes in a park setting reported a 64% hike in life satisfaction. (hike- HA, see what we did there?)
The best news? Participants’ satisfaction levels had nothing to do with physical activity! Simply visiting the park boosted well-being. Of course, movement adds a plethora of additional health benefits.
Note:Because of enormous health problems related to unhealthy eating habits we have included this common sense advice.
Fruits and vegetables provide health benefits and are important for the prevention of illnesses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal. Fruits and vegetables contain a variety of nutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day can reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Nutrients in Vegetables
Vegetables are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, fiber and potassium. Folate helps the body form red blood cells. It is especially important for women of childbearing age to consume folate-rich foods such as bell peppers, tomatoes and spinach to prevent neural-tube defects in babies. Vitamin A-rich foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots and butternut squash help keep your skin and eyes healthy and protect against infections. The USDA recommends eating 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day.
Nutrients in Fruit
The USDA recommends consuming 2 cups of fruit per day. The healthiest choices are fresh fruits or frozen without added sweeteners. Fruit is naturally low in fat, sodium and calories, and rich in potassium, fiber, vitamin C and folate. Some high-potassium fruits include peaches, cantaloupe, honeydew, oranges and bananas. Fiber in fruit helps to protect against heart disease and lower cholesterol. Vitamin C in foods like citrus and strawberries helps with wound healing and keeps gums and teeth healthy…
Read the whole article by Amanda Hernandez in SFGATE.
Another article why vegetables and fruits are important can be read here: Vegetables and Fruits by Harvard School of Public Health
During a balmy 60ºF December morning, Rene Zepeda is driving a Volunteers of America minivan through Salt Lake City, Utah, looking for the homeless who may be camping by the railroad tracks or over by the river, sometimes in the foothills. Cold weather is on its way, so the van is packed with sleeping bags, thermal clothing, coats, sock, boots, hats, protein bars, nutrition drinks and canned goods. According to Rene, once the day is finished, everything will be gone. “I want to get them into homes,” he says. “I tell them, ‘I’m working for you. I want to get you out of the homeless situation.’”
Rene works for a program called Housing First. It has decreased the number of homeless by an extraordinary 72% — mainly by providing permanent free housing. Critics bemoan the expense, but once the numbers were thoroughly crunched, it was discovered the program actually costs the state far less than if people were left on the street. Moreover, in a nation where a large proportion of the homeless population are military veterans, adopting such a program is not only a social or financial imperative but a moral one…
TED Talk: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness.
If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and Zen priest. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest-running studies of adult life ever done. The Study tracked the lives of two groups of men for over 75 years, and it now follows their Baby Boomer children to understand how childhood experience reaches across decades to affect health and wellbeing in middle age. He writes about what science and Zen can teach us about healthy human development.
Award-winning LifeStraw technology was originally introduced in 2005 as an emergency response tool to filter water contaminated following natural disasters.
The LifeStraw team is committed to redefining the safe drinking water space through technology innovation and product quality and design. In doing so, our work is driving sustainable access to safe drinking water by engaging governments, donors, and individual consumers to understand the problem and become an active part of the solution.
How does the LifeStraw work?
The LifeStraw uses hollow fibre micro filtration to mechanically remove contaminants down to 0.2 microns. Imagine really small tubes with even smaller pores that trap contaminants, but allow water to flow through. You can stick the LifeStraw directly into a river, lake, stream or other open, fresh water source and drink water directly from the straw! This means that dirty water goes into the LifeStraw, microorganisms are physically removed and safe drinking water comes out.
All LifeStraw products do not use chemicals, do not require pumping and do not require any energy input (like batteries).
This information comes from the website of LifeStraw.
WaterSeer™ will create water self-sufficiency, and will be a transformative force for good throughout the world.
It is hard to imagine a day without an abundance of clean, safe water. We drink our fill, shower and bathe daily, water our lawns, wash our clothes and dishes knowing that clean, safe water is an unquestioned condition of our lives. Yet, throughout the world today, one in three people do not have the daily minimum, 7.1 cups of water needed to survive. Worldwide, a child dies every 90 seconds for lack of clean drinking water, nearly 1000 a day. Daily nearly 10,000 people die from dehydration and waterborne disease.
WaterSeer™ eliminates this chronic and tragic burden by providing access to clean, safe drinking water, right where people live, by extracting water directly from the air.
WaterSeer™ condenses pure water from the air without power or chemicals. It is green, sustainable, simple, low-maintenance, easily deployed and scalable for any community. VICI-Labs worked with UC Berkeley and the National Peace Corps Association to develop a device that yields up to 37 liters of pure water a day! A WaterSeer™ Orchard will provide enough clean water for an entire community.
This information comes from the website of WaterSeer.
Water-gen’s vision is to provide humanity with an abundant, renewable source of fresh, clean drinking water, by extracting it directly from the air, our most abundant water resource.
Requiring no infrastructure what so ever but electricity, it is literally a plug and drink solution, aimed for schools, hospitals, commercial/residential buildings, whole villages, factories and off-grid settlements, providing robust and renewable source for fresh, clean drinking water.
The Water-Gen’s Large Scale unit can potentially service millions around the world, eliminating their need to «hunt» for water every day, providing water independence and social stability.
The Large Scale system has a multi-barrier air filtration cascade, ensuring high-quality water generation regardless to the air quality, and a built-in water reservoir and treatment facility, continuously circulating the water, keeping it fresh over time. A single units generates over 3,000 L of clean fresh water every day.
This information comes from the website of Water-gen.
It will remove all bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and all other microbiological waterborne pathogens from dirty water, including that contaminated with sewage. This makes it ideal for use in Third World Countries or any area where water quality is very questionable.
A robust and portable water filter capable of delivering up to 6,000 litres of clean water for individual use. The LIFESAVER bottle holds up to 750ml at any one time is designed to support individuals embarking on international travel, adventure challenges, and expeditions where the quality of the water supply is in question. Clean water supply is paramount for the mental and physical performance and success of outdoor endeavours. The LIFESAVER bottle was designed to store and carry dirty water, once water is cleaned there is risk of recontamination. With the bottle, just filter water when you want to drink it. No need for bad tasting chemicals such as chlorine or chlorine dioxide.
Used by expedition companies, explorers, adventurers and preppers for producing clean water in the most unforgiving of environments – where clean water just can’t be guaranteed.
LIFESAVER microbiological water filters use ultra filtration technology to filter out viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites from contaminated water sources. LIFESAVER water filters meet an adaption of NSF Protocol 231 based on recommendations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). LIFESAVER bottles filter bacteria to a minimum of Log 6 (99.9999%), Viruses to a minimum of Log 4 (99.99%) and Cysts to a minimum of Log 3 (99.9%).
This information comes from the website of Lifesaver.