The Amazing Health Benefits of Spending Time Outside

As a kid you were probably told that spending time outside was good for you. You probably also thought that your parents were making excuses to get you to go outside and play instead of making a mess in the house…this could be true, however, being outside IS good for you. It has a number of benefits to your health.

A clear mind.

The stress of everyday life – to-do lists, work, school- is enough to render even the sharpest of brains in a state of perpetual fog. According to research, however, interacting with nature for as little as one hour a day can improve our focus and short-term memory. This even includes looking at photos of nature scenes online!

Inflammation relief.

Scientific studies have shown that walking barefoot on the grass can reduce inflammation throughout the body. This is known as “earthing” and can be done on grass, sand, or soil as well. People across the world participate in earthing during the early morning or late afternoon hours.

Better sleep.

Spending time outside has been known to improve the quality and duration of ones sleep. This is what makes camping great for sleep- sleeping outside in a tent puts you close to nature and helps to regulate your body’s circadian rhythm, which, in turn, promotes a healthy sleep schedule.

Easier exercise.

Instead of hopping on the treadmill, take a trip outside and go for a run in the park or around the block. A study was conducted on a group of runners who went on a 45 minute run outside. Their results were compared to those who ran 45 minutes on a treadmill, and it was found that the runners who went outside felt less fatigued, more awake, and attentive. They also achieved personal bests.

Vitamin D absorption. 

Vitamin D deficiencies are particularly common among city-dwellers, as those we live in the city are generally less exposed to the sun, which provides  our bodies with the motivation to synthesize this essential vitamin. A lack of vitamin D can contribute to seasonal affective disorder, fatigue, and brain fog. To remedy these unpleasant symptoms, you can spend as few as 10 minutes outside- even in the cold, dark, winter months.

Cancer prevention.

In an interesting study, it was discovered that time spent outdoors may have a correlation to the prevention of certain types of cancers. Spending time outside- in large forests especially- seems to have a link to an increase in the body’s ability to produce cancer fighting proteins.  The increased levels are thought to last up to 7 days after the exposure to nature.

Reduces stress.

Spending time with nature has been known to lower stress within the body. How? Spending time outside lowers blood pressure, brings your heart rate to a calming level, and reduces the amount of the stress causing hormone- cortisol- that is released into your bloodstream. Stress prevention and reduction is important for everyone, but is particularly important for seniors and people with heart problems.

What is Your Acne Telling You About Your Health?

Everybody has had an acne breakout at some point in their life. Many believe that these breakouts are due to hormones and topical facial products, both of which are true. However, acne that is in certain, contained locations tend to have meaningful symbolization. In fact, the location of your acne is telling of the health conditions of other parts of your body.

In between the eyebrows.

Acne flare ups between the eyebrows are indicative of a liver that is working overtime and unable to keep up with the foods being digested. This is usually due to the over consumption of fatty, greasy food or alcohol, so if you find yourself breaking out after a night of partying, this could be why.

Cheeks.

If you think there might be a correlation between the air quality in your city and the acne appearing on your cheeks, you might be onto something. Cheek acne usually means that you’ve been in contact with polluted air. The acne in this area could also be caused by allergies or by bacteria such as the millions of bacteria that are found on your cell phone.

Chin

Chin acne usually comes about with the changing of the body’s hormones. This is why acne on the chin is so common among women when it’s time for their menstrual cycle, however, it can appear on a person of any gender.

Nose

Nose acne is generally caused by the production of excess oil on the face. This happens because the nose contains an abundance of oil glands in comparison to other parts of the face and body.

Forehead

An acne problem in the forehead area could mean that you’re sleep deprived and/or having issues with your digestive system. Pimples here are an indication that the body is having a hard time breaking down foods. Consistent breakouts in this are are worth a talk with your doctor.

Stomach

Very uncommon, but still a possibility, stomach acne correlates to blood sugar levels. A blood sugar that is too high can cause acne in this area, making it an important factor for diabetics to monitor when they suffer from high blood sugar.

Thighs and upper legs.

Covered with extremely sensitive skin, the thighs and upper areas of the legs are prone to acne that results from allergic reactions and irritation. Usually, the irritation here is cause by shower gels or soap. If you get frequent thigh acne, consider trying a different shower gel.

Hairline

Acne along the hairline is commonly related to pore-clogging makeup, friction from hats, and poor hair hygiene. Hairline acne isn’t as common as other types of acne, but is important to deal with when it comes up, as it can become a nuisance.

Pelvis

Pelvis acne- also known as crotch acne- is commonly associated with STDs. It can also be caused by underwear that is too tight, not breathable, or lack of general hygiene, but is generally indicative of an untreated STD. Pelvic acne should not go untreated.