Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What's so Great About the Great Outdoors?

One of my favorite places to be is out of doors.  I love being outside so much that whenever the weather permits I open all the windows I can in my home to let the outside air in.  I do so because I love the sounds of nature such as: the wind blowing through the grass and trees, children playing, cars driving past, bird songs and occasional dog barks. 
I’m not alone. Most of us need to exit our places of dwelling or suffer from what is known as cabin fever. But is there scientific evidence that proves it is better to be outside then enclosed in our homes?  Are there ways to improve our environment?

Learning from our past

Scientists have studied infections disease for some time.  In the time period of the late 1700’s tuberculosis (TB) was a big time scary illness that plagued the earth.  There were a many doctors, one being John Lettsom (1744-1815) who prescribed for patience to spend time near the sea and that children should sit out in the sun, when they became infected by TB.  As early as the 1800’s it was noted that people that worked in outdoor environments were not generally infected with TB. It’s still true today that Farmers are some of the healthiest, long living people about.  That is provided they don’t smoke or give into excess of alcohol.  But that’s another discussion.

What’s great about the outdoor escape?

Why is this the case?  What is it about being out of doors in the sunlight that encourages good health? Studies show it’s the sun that keeps us healthy.  Apparently, the sun is full of natural disinfecting properties that most microbes that cause airborne infections, just can’t handle.  Sunshine acts as our force field to infectious germs.  This fact was published in The Journal of Hospital Infection.

A simple solution

Now if you must remain indoors, proper ventilation is in order.  This helps considerably in improving air quality and eliminating organisms that make us ill.

What does that mean to you and me?  It means we should open our windows and let the fresh air in.  Spend time out of doors.  Take a walk and breathe in the sun’s cleansed air.  Good health to you!

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