Connecting with Nature

Connecting with nature has numerous benefits for our overall well-being and health. Here are five ways in which such a connection can positively impact your health:

  1. Reduced Stress: Spending time in nature helps to reduce stress levels. Being surrounded by natural environments, such as forests, parks, or gardens, has been shown to lower cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress. The calming and peaceful atmosphere of nature promotes relaxation, reduces anxiety, and enhances your mood.
  2. Improved Mental Health: Nature has a positive impact on mental health. Spending time in green spaces or engaging in outdoor activities has been linked to reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. It provides a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, allows for reflection and mindfulness, and fosters a sense of tranquility and inner peace.
  3. Enhanced Physical Fitness: Connecting with nature often involves engaging in outdoor activities, such as pickle ball which I am loving, hiking, biking, swimming, or simply walking. These activities promote physical fitness and provide opportunities for cardiovascular exercise, strength building, and increased mobility. Regular physical activity in nature can help maintain a healthy weight, strengthen muscles and bones, and improve overall fitness levels.
  4. Boosted Immune System: Exposure to nature has been found to enhance the functioning of the immune system. Breathing in fresh air, absorbing vitamin D from sunlight, and being exposed to diverse natural environments can improve immune function, reduce inflammation, and increase the production of immune-boosting cells. This, in turn, helps to prevent illness and supports a healthy immune system.
  5. Improved Cognitive Function: Nature has a positive impact on cognitive function and attention. Spending time in natural settings has been shown to improve focus, concentration, and problem-solving abilities. It provides a break from the constant stimulation and distractions of technology and urban environments, allowing the mind to rest and rejuvenate. Nature also stimulates creativity and enhances the ability to think more clearly.

Remember, these benefits can be experienced through various activities, such as walking in a park, gardening, camping, cottaging or even incorporating natural elements into your indoor spaces. Finding ways to connect with nature regularly can have a profound and positive impact on your overall health and well-being. cool

Marsha Fenwick, C.N.P.  R.R.T.

Marsha is not your typical nutritionist. She began her career 20 years ago as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Later, she earned her certifications as a Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner, Certified Nutritional Practitioner, and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner. Marsha is also a Certified Cancer Coach. Her clinical practice specializes in: sustainable healthy weight loss, digestive health, women's hormones, diabetes, heart health, and cancer prevention and recovery. For more information and to book a FREE 15 minute consultation go to

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