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How the Great Outdoors Can Boost Your Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

With the fall winds finally blowing in, many people are beginning to get the outdoor itch. They’re craving cool nights, campfires, and perfect sunny afternoons. The fall season is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature. And as it turns out, this craving is more than traditional fall behavior. It’s actually incredibly healthy! Take a look at these great ways in which getting outside can boost your health in a big way.

You’ll Get More Sunlight

Sunlight is a very powerful tool. When you get a little time outside in the sun, it significantly boosts your mood and general perspective on life. Getting plenty of sun before the slightly gloomy winter weather is a good idea. Sunlight also provides your body with the essential vitamin, Vitamin D. This vitamin is important for bone health, stable moods, and for fighting off depression. Getting in natural light is a great way to begin making an impact on your health.

Nature May Be Anti-Inflammatory

In several studies conducted on adults ranging from college aged to the elderly, spending time in nature showed an ability to reduce general inflammation in the body. But why does this even matter? Inflammation, or swelling, is a natural response to several factors including allergens and illness. In small doses, inflammation causes little damage. In larger amounts, inflammation can cause pain, stiffness, arthritis, digestive problems, and the irritation of autoimmune disorders. Getting in nature may reduce the inflammation, thus relieving some of these symptoms.

Your Concentration May Return

It might be because stress is lowered or because you have fewer distractions. It might be because the outdoors kind of resets your focus. Whatever the cause, many find that their cognitive function improves after time spent outdoors. They are suddenly able to focus longer. They have longer attention spans or are more creative than usual. An improvement in mind function -- from productivity to concentration to memory enhancement -- may be a direct result of getting fresh air and a little time to be with nature.

If you haven’t started spending more time outdoors yet this fall, it’s definitely time. You’ll likely feel better about life, and according to both research and anecdotes from thousands, your health will likely improve as well. Make a plan, set a date, and get outside as soon as possible.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.

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