“Nature Pill” Sends Mental and Physical Health SOARING

A stroll through the park or doing some gardening are enjoyable pastimes for many of us.

Unfortunately, they’re ones we often don’t get to do nearly enough.

But new research reveals why you should MAKE TIME for these nature-based hobbies. Because, it turns out, as you age your HEALTH could depend on it.

Here’s why…

A growing body of research suggests nurturing our bond with nature isn’t just a pleasant way to pass time. It could be the KEY to living a healthy, engaged, and fulfilling life.

In fact, a new study concluded that regular exposure to natural spaces may be ESSENTIAL for maintaining optimal mental and physical health in our senior years.

According to the researchers, even little outdoor excursions can translate into big real-world health benefits, including…

  • lowering blood pressure,
  • reducing stress levels,
  • increasing mobility,
  • boosting mood, and
  • protecting against cognitive decline.

When seniors—who were lucky enough to have access to more nearby green spaces—were compared to peers with less access, the scientists spotted something remarkable…

The folks who had more opportunities to commune with nature enjoyed SIGNIFICANTLY better mental and physical health.

And it didn’t take much, either.

In fact, seniors with access to just 10 percent more green space, tree cover, water bodies, or trail length were far less likely to report their general health as poor or fair.

Don’t worry. This doesn’t mean that if you live in a more urban setting you’re doomed to declining health.

It simply means you need to make seeking our more green and blue spaces in that concrete jungle a PRIORITY. Because making them part of your daily routine can set you up for healthier aging.

The study wasn’t designed to specifically identify the underlying reasons why “taking a nature pill” is so critical to our health. But the scientists suggested several possibilities.

Whether it’s strolling through a city pocket park or working on planter boxes on your porch time spent outdoors generally involves being more active. And, of course, a moving body is a healthier body.

Being in nature also reduces stress levels. After all, when you’re gazing at beautiful flowers or listening to the calm sounds of a rippling pond it’s hard to feel anxious.

Also, plants and trees release chemicals, such as phytoncides, that can literally BOOST our immune system.

Community gardening, walking groups, or just being around more people enjoying nature in public spaces can fight loneliness and spark new friendships.

This study confirms that I’ve been telling you all along. Spending time in nature is vital for good health. And it turns out it may be even more critical for those of us heading into our senior years.

You set aside time in your schedule for chores, appointments, and exercise. It’s time to do the same with outdoor excursions. Add a daily date with nature to your calendar.

Grab some friends and form a walking group, start a garden, or just relax in the sun with a good book.

P.S. AVOID hospital stays with this NATURE hack?!

Source:

“Urban green and blue spaces and general and mental health among older adults in Washington state: Analysis of BRFSS data between 2011-2019,” Health & Place, Volume 85, January 2024, 103148, doi. org /10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.103148

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.

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