Eating Outdoors is Beneficial to Your Health
In a unanimous decision by the US Senate for the third year in a row, June was announced as “Great Outdoors Month!” Enjoy eating with your friends and family outside at this Casual Dining Table. Here are some reasons that eating outside is actually beneficial to your health:
Eating outside in the fresh air away from ringing phones (put your cell on vibrate or even silent), away from electronics, away from all the other distractions in life will boost your mood. Spending too much time indoors has been shown to increase anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Not only that, but most people are deficient in Vitamin D, which effects many things, including mood. Spending time outdoors naturally increases this vitamin in our bodies reaping major benefits.
We talked a little bit about vitamin D improving mood and brain function. However, the benefits of this vitamin don’t stop there. Studies have shown that Vitamin D helps with a wide range of illnesses including osteoporosis, heart attacks, and stroke. Since far too many Americans get so little Vitamin D, this is a widespread epidemic.
The physical health benefits of spending time outside doesn’t stop there. By decreasing stress, you also decrease cortisol levels. High levels of cortisol are also linked to high blood pressure, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. By spending small amounts of time each day, you will lower cortisol levels and, over time, lower your risk of these diseases.
Increase Brain Function
Studies have shown that spending time outside increases the brains ability to concentrate, improves memory function, and increases attention levels. Even children with ADHD have shown improved focus after spending time outside. The greener the area the better. Even adults can benefit!
Reduce Healing Time
Spending time in natural sunlight has been shown to reduce healing time. In one study on postoperative patients who had undergone spinal surgery, the patients exposed to sunlight experienced less pain and took fewer pain medications than the patients who did not receive the natural light.
Get ready enjoy the outdoors and it’s health benefits. Whether you’re entertaining family and friends, or enjoying some peace and quiet alone, be sure to check us out for all of your outdoor hammock and furniture needs. Don’t forget the hammock stand and accessories!