Support Your Immunity
Being outdoors can support your immune system by breathing in phytoncides. Phytoncides are airborne chemicals produced by plants that have been shown to increase our levels of white blood cells which protect us against illness and diseases.⠀
Indoor air quality can negatively impact your health. The EPA reports that Americans are spending majority of their time at home, school, work “where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations”. People are most susceptible to the negative effects of pollution spend even more time indoors (e.g. the very young, elderly, individuals with cardiovascular disease).
Nature improves mental health. Researchers did a study a on the mental health benefits of “green exercise activities and green care”. They found that being in nature can reduce feelings of anger, depression, tension and confusion when compared to an indoor walk. They also found that it enhanced mood and improved feelings of self worth. ⠀