Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH

GraduateNational University of Naturopathic Medicine

“Until very recently in human history we have had an intimate, direct and almost-constant relationship with the natural environment. This has led most people to have an inherent affinity with nature, and is the reason walking on the beach, hiking in the mountains, or digging in the garden are so enjoyable. Within the last few decades, research has demonstrated that the beneficial effects of nature-exposure can be quite substantial and has positive impacts beyond just “feeling good.” Evidence from fields such as stress physiology, environmental psychology, and psychoneuroimmunology show that contact with nature can lower blood pressure, improve brain function, and increase immune system response. This has led some doctors and experts, such as those mentioned here to prescribe time in nature as a way to reduce conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and depression.”