The Benefits of... Fresh Air!
Yep, that's right! This is an article on how your health and wellness can highly benefit by simply breathing in fresh air. As of lately, we've all been feeling a little bit "cooped up". So now more than ever it will do us some good to open the windows and take a step outside. On your next self-care day, consider adding a walk or a trip to the park into your schedule. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Energy & Mental Focus
As we breathe in fresh air and it enters our lungs, oxygen levels rise in our blood. This oxygen travels to our brain, which leads to us feeling more energized and focused. Getting fresh air on the regular can surely help fight feelings of depression.
2. Clear Your Lungs
Have you ever heard of anyone filling their home with plants in order to get more oxygen? This is because indoor oxygen levels are much lower than outside's fresh air. So while indoor plants can help, nothing beats taking a step outside! More oxygen causes blood vessels in the lungs to dilate, therefor improving cleansing and tissue repair within them.
3. Strengthen Immune System
The increased amount of oxygen we're receiving from fresh air is also great for our white blood cells. It will help them to function properly by fighting and killing bacteria and germs. By stepping outside our bodies are producing more vitamin D from the sun, which is also essential in supporting our immune system. Just don't forget to always wear sunscreen! UV rays are strongest from 10 am to 4 pm.
You may be surprised at this one. But it's true! We can simply improve out digestion by stepping outside. When we spend the majority of our time sitting indoors, the body has to divert blood flow from our digestive systems to our brains. Not only that, when we’re stressed our fight-or-flight response pushes blood too our muscles in case we need to escape. Relaxing outside and enjoying the fresh air doesn't only supply our cells with oxygen, it also tells our body that it’s okay to digest and supplies our stomachs and intestines with vital blood flow.