The health benefits of spending time in nature has long been known. I recently read an article explaining why.
Nature has a way of strengthening our immune system, therefore reducing the risk of diseases such as diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease. When we spend time in nature, the body enters a rest and digest mode, which is the opposite of the fight or flight mode we encounter when exposed to stress.
The researchers behind the article explain that there are chemical and biological substances in natural environments which can, among other things, bring down blood pressure, boost the immune system and reduce depression.
Nature is like a multivitamin that supplies us with all kinds of nutrition.
The article was published in Frontiers in Psychology