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Go Natural for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

Years ago, when someone said to go natural, it meant that they were going without some of those man-made items that people so often wear.  While that may have some merit, the reference to go natural here is more in the line of connecting with nature.  In today's world, many people get stuck indoors for the large majority of their time.  It may not be their choice, but the fact is that it is necessary for them to do their jobs.  Getting outdoors may be one of the best things they can do to improve their health.  Spending some time camping may not only be healthy but enjoyable as well.

It May Mean More Fresh Air

Since people spend so much time indoors, they are exposed to a lot of pollution.  It is believed that when people are indoors, they are breathing air that has two to five times the pollution level.  Getting outdoors can really provide that breath of fresh air that many need.  Many people likely don't even recognize that their air quality is as bad as it is because they have become so accustomed to it.

It May Help Fight the Blues

A pretty common thing for people to get as temps are cooler and days are shorter is referred to as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.  This is a type of depression that can linger with some people for months.  For some of them, it only seems to go away when spring arrives.  This doesn't have to  the case.  It is believed that something such as a camping trip, even in the cold, may present the kind of challenge that can boost morale.  It may brighten the day for many and help to give them a better outlook.  It may be little surprising to those who try it.

It May Improve Memory

A lot of us struggle with our memory as we get older.  Some of this may be more due to the fact that we have isolated ourselves from some of the things that can help to improve memory and sharpen our minds.  One study indicated that even viewing natural settings may help to improve memory.  Two groups of students, one viewing city scenes and the other viewing nature were studied.  Those who viewed nature had a 20 percent improvement in their short-term memory.  These are eye-opening results from this University of Michigan study.  If this is so, what a great way to boost memory for the whole family.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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