Your Brain on Nature
Nature-relatedness, the extent to which we feel connected to nature, has been linked with better health. There are now convincing connections between nature relatedness and both mental well-being. A greater personal affinity to nature interacts with dietary habits, personal microbiome, physical activity levels and many other lifestyle variables. So, why not run in the park or by a river instead of on a treadmill, or take a walk through a park on the way to work or at lunchtime?
Alan Logan visits Fanny Kiefer in Studio 4 (part 1 and part 2)
Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you walk through the forest or by the ocean? Is it just that you’re spending time away from work, de-stressing and taking in the view? Or is there more to it? Researchers continue to uncover the mechanisms behind the therapeutic value of nature and the products of biodiversity. This includes lowered stress hormones, decreased markers of inflammation, improved immune functioning and positive mental outlook after walks in green space compared to built environments.
Benefits are not exclusive to remote wilderness. Local nature and backyard biodiversity are often within easy reach, and they can We have much to learn, and in the meantime, the outdoors beckons. Microbes in the air and soils of natural environments can be unique. Microbial differences on the skin of those living in close proximity to more diverse vegetation may directly influence immune function throughout the body and may even influence mood. Indirectly, microbes help manufacture the airborne phytonides -- natural chemicals secreted from trees -- that are linked to healthy immune functioning.
Alan talks about fermented foods
Purposeful fermentation of food and beverages is an ancient practice - as a means to provide palatability, nutritional value, preservative, and medicinal properties. These continue to make a significant contribution to the overall patterns of traditional dietary practices. As our knowledge of the human microbiome increases, including its connection to mental health (for example, anxiety and depression), it is becoming increasingly clear that there are untold connections between our resident microbes and many aspects of physiology.
Its time to bring the heart back to science. To bring caring back to life.To work together and use knowledge more wisely...”