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Tags: Inflammation | yoga | stress | blood pressure

The Healing Power of Nature

Michael Galitzer, M.D. By and Tuesday, 16 June 2015 04:35 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Nowhere is the beauty and creative power of spirit that gives us life more evident than in nature. When we spend time in nature — whether it be in a picnic in the park, a walk in the woods, a hike in the mountains, or a day at the seashore — we are able to directly experience the four elemental forms of energy: earth, water, fire, and air.

Earth is energy in its most condensed form; water represents receptiveness; fire is the energy of transformation; and air is the blend of these other elements into subtle life force energy, which is why conscious breathing exercises have always been an integral aspect of healing methods such as yoga, tai chi and qigong, resulting in a greater experience of “qi” or “prana.”

These four elements also manifest themselves in your body as organic matter (earth), blood and other body fluids (water), metabolism and energy production (fire), and oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen (air). Time spent in a nature setting helps to balance and enhance these elements.

In recent years, an entire new field of health therapy known as “earthing” has arisen after researchers found that as little as 15 to 20 minutes spent walking or standing barefoot on grass, soil, or sand can dramatically reduce inflammation levels in the body — and do so to a greater degree than anti-inflammatory nutrients such as fish oil and other vitamins and minerals.

The significance of this discovery cannot be overstated, given that chronic inflammation is a primary cause of a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Research has also shown that spending time in nature can lower blood pressure; ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and anger; and even increase the body's production and activity of various natural killer cells and anticancer proteins.

Because of these and other findings, we encourage you to go barefoot in the grass for 15 minutes or more at sunset or right before sleep. This will help you discharge the excess positive charge that builds up in the body as a result of stress.

Get out into nature as often as possible. The more you do so, the more you will help your body achieve and maintain better health.

(Adapted from "Outstanding Health: The 6 Essential Keys To Maximize Your Energy and Well Being" by Michael Galitzer MD and Larry Trivieri Jr. For more information, visit www.outstandinghealthbook.com)

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As little as 15 to 20 minutes spent walking or standing barefoot on grass, soil, or sand can dramatically reduce inflammation levels in the body
Inflammation, yoga, stress, blood pressure
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 04:35 PM
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