Why Nature for You?

Benefits of nature

There is a well-established body of research demonstrating important links between spending time in nature and mental, physical and social health – general well-being in other words.

Physical health benefits

The physical health benefits of nature contact are the most well-documented and include:

- Reduced prevalence of:

  • Respiratory disease
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Various infectious diseases
  • Cardiovascular disease and mortality
  • Musculoskeletal complaints
  • Infectious intestinal diseases
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vertigo
  • Faster recovery from surgery
  • Increased immune function
  • Reduced headaches, including migraines
  • Reduced mortality rates for some cancers
  • Reduced health risk factors
  • Reduced occurrence of illness
  • Reduced blood pressure

- Emotional experiences such as regular experiences of awe and a sense of vitality, both of which can be experienced in nature, can predict healthier levels of inflammatory substances, greater resistance to infection and lower risk of mortality.

- Exposure to natural settings also affects our perception of our health. One study showed that people who live in neighbourhoods with more street trees reported significantly higher health perception: 'Having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being seven years younger.'

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