Blast from the Past
Though many of us don’t need a scientific study to confirm this fact, recent research has provided further evidence that exposure to nature significantly affects our mental health. The study, which sent subjects on a 90 minute walk either through a grasslands area or along a highway, found that those who walked in the natural environment had decreased activity in the area of the brain associated with rumination and negative self thoughts.
These results confirm the idea that nature experiences can have a discernible, positive impact on our brains’ emotional regulation. In 2012, I wrote an article about the importance of fostering a relationship with nature, providing evidence for the theory that our relationship with nature is a fundamental component of maintaining good health. I also shared three simple tips for increasing your exposure to nature, particularly if you live in an urban environment.
Our relationship with nature is a vital component of our wellbeing, and one often neglected due to the concerns of modern life. In order to more fully address our health and wellness as humans, we must consider the biological appropriateness of our environment to be just as important as that of our diet and exercise choices.
If you are seeking well-rounded health and mental wellbeing, be sure to go outside and enjoy nature as often as possible!
- Parkinson’s may start in the gut and be transmitted to the brain via the Vagus nerve.
- Breastfeeding accords intermediate and long-term benefits to infant and mother.
- Increases in food energy supply are sufficient to explain increases in average population body weight, especially in high-income countries.
- A new study shows that consuming higher amounts of high-fructose corn syrup created a ‘dose-response’ increase in blood lipid markers associated with cardiovascular disease.
- Symbiotic microbes have been shown to regulate nutrition and metabolism and are critical for the development and function of the immune system. More recently, studies have suggested that gut bacteria can impact neurological outcomes-altering behavior.
- Sleep restriction increases food intake and total energy expenditure with inconsistent effects on weight change.
Worth a Look
- Here are 14 ways the body suffers when you don’t sleep enough.
- I’m listed in the top 9 primal/paleo podcasts that Mark Sisson recommends. Thanks Mark!
- Incorporate physical activity throughout the day and add periods of exercise to achieve organic movement.
- Being chronically exhausted is not the key to success in health and fitness. It’s a race toward disease and dysfunction.
- Dietary fat is no longer a major concern: The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report recently reversed 4 decades of policy prioritizing reduced total fat consumption.
- Regular sun exposure is good for us, says one leading UK dermatologist.
- Giving your kids a little more freedom at the playground might be a good thing.
For the Foodies
- Virginia Is for Hunter Gatherers: Gurkensalat (German Cucumber Salad)
- The Domestic Man: Gazpacho
- The Clothes Make The Girl: Fresh Tarragon Salad
- Beyond The Bite: Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Black Garlic
- Essential Omnivore: Braised Kale with Lemon and Anchovies
- The Healthy Foodie: Warm Potato Salad with Goat Cheese and Bacon
- Plaid and Paleo: Crockpot Ranch Carnitas
- Primal Palate: Paleo Dry-Rubbed Spare Ribs
- Perchance to Cook: Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce with Chicken and Zoodles
- A Calculated Whisk: Cashew Chia Cacao Nib Pudding
- Slim Palate: Rooibos Poached Apricots with Thyme