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This modern world, there are so many alternatives medicines and solutions in order to improve people's lives. Most of these alternatives are composed of chemicals and other tangible resources that don't involve nature. Such as taking pills, going to the gym, and so on. There is nothing wrong with it. However, up until now, I believe that the best medicine and the one that truly improves people's well-being is no other than nature.
I am currently 20 years old and I am happy to say that I have never been admitted to hospitals. And I have no plans to be admitted there, ever. Most of us in our family have never been admitted there. (I am not bragging, just sharing based on experience.)
Growing up, I think we are healthy enough to not get sick intensely and frequently... and it is thanks to nature.
Here are the reasons why (most of the people, including me thinks that) nature is the best medicine...
Several studies have proved that the nearer you live to nature or green spaces in general, the more joyful and healthier you'll be. In fact, it can also extend your life.
I have heard many times already that there's a rural town in Japan wherein it's filled with very old yet healthy citizens. Also, in my perspective, people who live in provinces are healthier than people who live in bigger cities. It's probably because of being close to nature.
People who live in provinces or rural areas experience less pollution, unlike in cities who experience greater pollution when it comes to air, water, soil, and noise.
Typically, people who live in provinces or rural areas eat more fresh fruits and vegetables because it is more available and affordable. Just like here in our town, horseradish or malunggay leaves, papaya, pili, avocadoes (dati may tumutubo ngayon wala na akong nakikita) and others are available. Fruits and vegetables are also affordable compared to prices in bigger cities.
I live happily in the province and I may sound biased, but it is just my opinion and I think most people can agree with me.
Researchers find that being out and about in nature reduces stress hormones. By simply taking in an outdoor sights and sounds, it gives great relaxation to the body and mind that helps in lessening anxiety and worry.
Over the decades, it is proven that nature directly improves and heals people's physical health, including patients who are recovering from a disease or illness. It is said that patients who are exposed to nature or outdoors, recover faster, use less medication, and have shorter hospital stays.
In my personal experience, our older generations such as my grandparents, parents, and aunties are very much into nature healing and herbal plants. When someone gets sick or experiences something bad, they do not tend to immediately go to hospitals. Instead, they use different leaves such as oregano, sambong, lagundi, bayabas, etc. They also suggest going to the beach because it helps in improving overall health. Nature has been a huge help for us when it comes to our health and also helps us financially, because it is so much cheaper than going to see a doctor.
Going outside in nature often involves some form of physical activity. It can be by just simply walking in the park, hiking through the mountains, swimming at the beach, or an exciting river raft ride. These activities improve physical wellness and can help decrease the possibility of obesity.
Spending time out in nature can strengthen your senses and memory. When in nature, you're presented to a lot of sights, sounds, smells, and touches, and have adequate measures of new things to take in. These experiences help in boosting your senses, and it has also been proven to improve short term memory.
Let’s all agree that being in nature makes people happier. It changes the brain chemistry in a positive way, improves mood, decreases stress levels, gives room for enjoyable moment, and is simply beautiful.
In conclusion, nature makes us happier and healthier in different ways making it the best medicine for people’s well-being.
Do you also think that nature is the best medicine... or is there better than it? I would love to hear your thoughts.