Nature is one of the greatest sources given to us, for solace and inspiration. By simply being in nature and the beautiful outdoors, we become happier, healthier, and more creative.

Did you know that 100% of all autoimmune diseases and sicknesses occur because of bad indoor air and toxic thoughts? Better go outside now before you become a victim too… sickness is literally crouching at your door!

Okay. I’m not being entirely serious.

But, some studies have shown that being outside more often can fight depression, lower blood pressure, and combat fatigue. Several other studies have shown that nature walks have memory-promoting effects, and being outside actually changes the physical expression of stress in the body. Spending time outside in nature can also reduce inflammation in the body— that same inflammation that is at the root of most autoimmune disorders.

What is an autoimmune disorder you might ask? Well, to name just a few… IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and yes– even cancer. Autoimmune issues can be very serious or even life threatening.

recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that a greater exposure to nature and the outdoors was associated with a 12% lower mortality rate. The biggest improvements were related to reduced risk of death from cancer, lung disease, and kidney disease.

So, getting your fanny outside more can actually save your life!

Imagine– a therapy that is more effective than many prescription drugs, and has zero side effects. Unless you get ripped apart by a bear, or fall off a cliff.

In a bad mood? Go outside and feel it fade away.

There are many reasons for the stark contrast between spending more time indoors vs outdoors. Some of the causes for the unhealthy indoor environments are a little more obvious than others like, constant exposure to fluorescent lighting, the blue light from televisions and computer screens, EMF exposure, and off-gassing chemicals from a wide variety of sources– new furniture and building materials for example.

But one toxic effect from the not-so-great indoors that many don’t even think about is indoor mold.

According to an article published in 2016, approximately 50% or more of U.S. homes have water damage and mold issues. 85% of commercial structures have water damage, and at least 30% of children’s schools have water damage which would equate to mold as well. This is a surprising number for many, but oftentimes mold goes unnoticed because it is hidden behind walls, under flooring, or behind wallpaper– masking the reason why so many people just don’t feel good at home or in their workplace.

Serious health issues from dwelling in moldy buildings is becoming more widespread than many realize. Exposure to mold can cause a variety of health issues and symptoms, including (but certainly not limited to) brain fog, neuropathy, hives, loss of hearing, vertigo, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, Chronic fatigue, and… well, the list goes on. Some researchers have even found mold in the center of cancer tumors.

We all know that we have to be indoors sometimes too. I mean really… I’m writing this article in a stinkin’ hotel room. But if I just step outside (which I’ll most likely do pretty soon), I’ll be met with lovely fresh air, and an incredible view of the many mountain ranges surrounding this little Montana town. I’m sure the result will be a feeling of calm, of thankfulness and gratitude, and a rush of creativity– so I can create a new design that will ensure excitement and adoration from everywhere.

So, the next time someone tells you to “take a hike,” don’t get upset with them. They only want what’s best for you!

Life really is better outside!

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