According to studies, the closer you live to nature, the healthier you’re likely to be. There is a strong correlation between time spent indoors or in polluted cities and diseases including cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurological diseases. And try to go outside in the morning. People who load up on light exposure at the beginning of the day are most likely to sleep more deeply after the sun sets.
Nature is the perfect place to move your body! Ever notice how your mind zones out totally on the treadmill or spinning bike? You are forced to be mindful when hiking or cycling outdoors (lest that unseen tree root upend you). Fresh air and natural movement are our birthright and so often squandered or taken for granted. So lace up and get outside!
Better yet, skip the shoes and go barefoot if you have a safe place to walk. We receive electrons from the earth that make us healthier!
Grounding the body allows negatively charged antioxidant electrons from the Earth to enter the body and neutralize positively charged free radicals in inflamed areas.
Sounds crazy, right? Scientists have actually documented a reduction in inflammation using MRI while measuring blood chemistry and white blood cell amounts before and after grounding. What they found is that the electrical currents rooted in the earth’s layers make the ground under our feet a huge antioxidant! Plus, going barefoot will strengthen and stretch the muscles and fascia of the foot, creating wonderful trickle up benefits to your knee and hip joints.
Spend 10 minutes in direct sun to boost your vitamin levels. Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin which encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous. Further, natural sunlight helps the pineal glad regulate your sleep/wake cycle.