There are a growing number of studies which show that a connection with nature makes us healthier and happier people. Environments can increase or reduce our stress which in turn affects our wellbeing.
You probably know that already. Expanding on that fundamental idea we can see (and feel!) multiple benefits from simply 'being' in nature.
The Nature Fix
Florence Williams the author of a new book, The Nature Fix, sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. She writes that as little as 15 minutes in the woods has been shown to reduce test subjects’ levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Increase nature exposure to 45 minutes, and most individuals experience improvements in cognitive performance.
This experience of connection may be explained by studies that used fMRI to measure brain activity. When participants viewed nature scenes, the parts of the brain associated with empathy and love lit up, but when they viewed urban scenes, the parts of the brain associated with fear and anxiety were activated. It appears as though nature inspires feelings that connect us to each other and our environment.
Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality, according to scientists such as public health researchers Stamatakis and Mitchell.
Research conducted in hospitals, offices, and schools has found that even a simple plant in a room can have a significant impact on stress and anxiety.
Get Out (From Behind the Screen)
“Nature deprivation,” a lack of time in the natural world, largely due to hours spent in front of TV or computer screens, has been associated, unsurprisingly, with depression. More unexpected are studies that associate screen time with a loss of empathy and lack of altruism.
In a recent article in the New York Times, Upscale Food and Gear Bring Campsite Cooking Out of the Wild, contributor Kim Severson writes about the evolution of camp cooking and the growing options regarding eating on the trail and campsite cooking. Chefs are applying their craft to trail food. A number of start-ups are shaping how we think about outdoor cooking.
The menu for backpacking trips has changed significantly. It’s no longer packaged freeze-dried food that tastes like plastic.
Highlighted among the new companies redefining campsite food, is Good To-Go. is our friends at Good To-Go from Maine. A world-class chef and co-founder, Jennifer Scism has created some fabulous meal options. We sell several of their top choice meals on our bambu Outdoor website here.
We offer their gluten-free Penne with Marinara Sauce, and Thai Curryand also Quinoa Bowl and Pad Thai. All are offered in both single and double size servings. Natural ingredients, without preservatives. Companies like Good To-Go reflect the reason we entered the outdoor category; Provide better, more natural based options.
At bambu we believe what you eat with should be as good and natural as what you eat. That's why there is bambu Outdoor. A platform to provide outdoor enthusiasts with lightweight, natural alternatives to plastic. Elegantly simple and modern.
bambu’s outdoor-focused Grubware™ is a fresh, new, curated collection of nature-inspired kitchen tools that are made from native organic bamboo and other sustainable materials like cork, hemp, and organic cotton.We felt there was a real need to provide outdoor enthusiasts with lightweight, natural alternatives. Our bamboo tools are the only utensils made from certified organic bamboo. From sporks to cutting boards, cooking tools and spoons and spatulas.