Prescription: A dose of Nature
We’re used to getting prescribed antibiotics when we have an infection, but now, in Canada, doctors are able to prescribe time in national parks for their patients. The patients are granted entry to any national park in the country for free if a doctor has prescribed it. By itself, this is a clear recognition by the medical community that nature is sometimes the best medicine for their patients.
With a long list of health benefits, nature has become a remedy that is easy to access and has less of a chance of side effects. Exposure to natural light can impact our circadian rhythm, provide us with much-needed vitamin D, and that’s just the start. More time in nature would benefit every single human on this planet, and Ekodome is on a mission to supply semi-permanent dwellings to those who need to be able to bask in the sun, see the trees from all angles, and create an outdoor oasis. Trust us, you AND your doctor will thank us.
Nature’s Hold on Psychological Well-Being
Studies have shown time and time again that being in nature, surrounded by trees, rocks, streams, or other natural settings, can actually improve your mood and decrease cortisol levels in your brain. Cortisol is a pesky chemical that is released when you are stressed, and it can lead to a wide range of physical health implications such as high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack.
Our physical health all starts with our mental health, so staying protecting our minds and emotional happiness is critical to leading a long, healthy life. The human brain is quite powerful, and any deficiencies or areas of struggle will often manifest in physical ways. Doctors have known for years that humans need nature to be their healthiest, but they weren’t sure exactly how to quantify this. Recent studies show that just 2 hours per week in nature – even just a park or your backyard – can drastically increase mood, physical health, and quality of life overall!
Physical Implications of Missing Nature
If you aren’t getting enough time outdoors, you might notice a lack of energy, trouble focusing, disrupted sleep patterns, and more. The health benefits of nature are, quite honestly, endless, but a major one is vitamin D exposure. Vitamin D is a common deficiency in nearly every developed country in the world. Your body absorbs Vitamin D through sunlight, which helps prevent bone loss, reduce the risk of heart disease, and more. Vitamin D is critical, so getting exposure to the sun should be a priority. Be sure to use proper sun protection, though!
Nature’s ability to decrease cortisol levels is truly spectacular. By decreasing this stress hormone in your body, you’ll notice more energy, better moods, and more – but that’s just the beginning. Increased cortisol levels can lead to weight gain, heart stress, high blood pressure, and other ailments, and getting enough time in nature is probably the easiest way to reduce cortisol in the body.
Key Component of Nature’s Benefits: Natural Light
Not everyone enjoys hiking through mountains or rolling around in the grass, but you don’t have to love bugs and sticks to enjoy nature and reap its benefits. Many of the benefits nature provides come from being able to see the beautiful, natural colors and formations as well as get exposure to natural light from the sun. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to spend an afternoon outside, but you still want to decrease cortisol levels and increase your mood, sitting in a sunny room with big windows can do the trick, too!
Natural light is a powerful force; if sunlight is how plants get enough nutrients to survive, it has to be chock-full of benefits! Sure, we as humans don’t photosynthesize, but we do still absorb Vitamin D through sunlight and get circadian rhythm regulation through natural light as well. With Ekodome’s geodesic domes, you can have an outdoor-exposed, non-outdoor space to enjoy. Meaning, you’ll get all the benefits from being able to enjoy the nature of your yard and natural sunlight through our clear dome covers, without having to be cold or fend off bugs. We can’t find a downside, can you?
Ekodome’s Geodesic Domes
Our domes come in multiple shapes and sizes so you can select the dome that is best for your needs. If you are looking for a dome that protects from the elements, offers a small seating area, and allows you to get more time outside in a smaller yard, our Luna Dome might be the perfect product for you.
However, if you want to build an outdoor oasis that has enough room to run around, grow a garden, and have a plush seating area, we’d recommend one of our larger domes such as the Stellar Dome or Cosmos Dome. Our domes are multi-purpose and can be set up to your liking; some people even decide to create an entire living space in their backyard that they can rent out – the options are endless!
Nature’s Health Without Hassle
If there’s one thing nearly every person, medical professional, and psychologist can agree on, it’s that nature is good for humans. We are meant to feel the sun on our skin, watch leaves fall from trees, listen to the birds chirping, and breathe in the fresh air every now and then. Nature is great for our mental, physical, and emotional health, making it one of the strongest medicines we have. The problem is we don’t take advantage of it as often as we should.
Geodesic domes can provide a nature oasis filled with natural sunlight, a view of the trees, and easy access to whatever scene they are assembled in. They are perfect for people who love nature but don’t like being outdoors for long periods of time. If you live in a seasonal climate that deals with snow or cold, Ekodomes can provide a warm escape that allows you to get your dose of nature even during the winter months. Your health will thank you, so order one today!
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