Sunshine is your number one source of vitamin D, a vitamin needed to keep your bones strong, support your immune system and protect your mental health. Too much sun exposure, however, damages your skin, putting your at risk for skin cancer.
At the same time, sunscreen lotions are currently under scrutiny, because some of the chemical active ingredients they contain may be harmful to your health and the environment.
How can you get the benefits of sunshine and still protect your skin?
“There’s no WiFi in the forest, but I promise you’ll find a better connection.”
This past weekend, my family and I visited a theme park in the middle of the woods. Although spending quality time together in an enchanted forest was amazing on its own, being in beautiful green surroundings added an extra dimension. Strolling among the trees made me feel invigorated and blissfully at peace at the same time.
We all intuitively know that being in nature boosts our wellbeing, but research backs that feeling. There’s actually so much evidence on the health benefits of nature that doctors in Japan and Scotland are allowed to prescribe nature time as part of their treatment plan.
There’s no denying it – our beautiful planet is in trouble.
On top of the much-discussed climate change, planet Earth is threatened by air pollution, scarcity of water, deforestation and animal extinction on a large scale.
And the environmental changes are affecting your health – through the quality of the air you breathe, the water you drink, the soil that grows your fruit, vegetables and grains.
Now I’m not a no-waste eco warrior who only eats organic produce from the veggie patch. Just like many of you, I have a limited amount of energy and resources to get everything done. But recently I have started taking tiny steps into a more environmentally-friendly direction. Because it matters – not just to the earth and its future residents, but to my family’s health today.
Let’s have a look at why being a green god(dess) is good for your health and which eco-friendly actions you can start taking today to make a positive impact.
There’s no WiFi in the forrest, but you will find a better connection.
We spend most of our waking hours indoors, working, driving and staring at screens. When you become chronically ill and don’t have enough energy or mobility to go outside, you can get even more alienated from nature.
Science backs our intuitive feeling that being outdoors has many important benefits for our health and happiness. Japanese medicine even studies the healing effects of immersing yourself into the woods, a practice called ‘forest bathing.’So what makes being in green surroundings so healthy?
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