Now is the perfect time of year to get outside. The sun begins to rise earlier, the days are longer, and the temperatures are warmer.
For many of us, however, even during these gorgeous spring days, it can be easy to get stuck inside
But I urge you to start making time in your busy schedule to get outdoors and enjoy nature as often as possible.
In fact, we already know that connecting with nature can improve our mental and physical health. And now, a new study shows it can help you stick to a healthy diet, too!
Let me explain…
Diet and Mother Nature connection
According to researchers from Drexel University, Mother Nature can help people eat healthier. Specifically, the more connected you feel, the better your diet.
For this study, researchers interviewed more than 300 adults between May and August of 2017.
They asked each subject about their connection to nature. Furthermore, participants talked about their own experiences and perspectives with nature.
Researchers then measured dietary habits, as well as daily fruit and vegetable consumption.
Ultimately, a clear pattern emerged: People with a stronger connection to nature ate a more diverse diet with more fruits and vegetables—which I always suggest enjoying as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Get out and smell the roses
Now, this isn’t the first study to show the benefits of being out in nature.
I previously shared a study that found people who reported spending at least two hours outside were significantly more likely to report good health and wellbeing.
These positive associations peaked between 200 and 300 minutes a week. That’s just 20 to 45 minutes a day!
Even better? It didn’t matter whether participants went outside for two hours at once, or during shorter excursions throughout the week. Because either way, the benefits were huge: Nature lovers reported roughly 60 percent better health and 25 percent higher well-being, on average.
Of course, I’m always emphasizing the importance of consistent physical activity, too. And guess what? Nature and exercise tend to go hand-in-hand. Meaning you can reap the benefits of both.
Plus, getting adequate sunshine during the day helps your body regulate its circadian rhythms. This makes it easier to get quality, restorative night’s sleep.
In addition, being outside in the sunlight helps boost your vitamin D levels. It also allows you to sit quietly, free from the distractions of daily stressors.
So please, do your body, mind, and overall health a favor… make some time to get out and connect to Mother Nature, whenever you can.
Until next week,
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“People who feel more connected to nature eat healthier.” Study Finds, 4/26/2022. (studyfinds.org/nature-improve-your-diet/)