Nature, sleep and relaxation: keys to overall health

Contact with nature reduces stress and anxiety and improves sleep and the synchronization of the circadian rhythm, which in turn has a proven effect on the health of our body at all levels. According to numerous studies, everything is related and with a simple gesture, such as spending 20 minutes in nature, you can trigger a whole series of benefits for your health that you can enhance if you add CBD and/or Melatonin to the equation. We tell you about it!

Reducing stress improves overall health

Cortisol is a steroid hormone whose secretion is controlled by the brain hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and the adrenal gland. When a stressful situation occurs, our body secretes more to cope with the situation. 

When stress is sustained over time or becomes chronic, it has important health consequences:

  • Generalized fatigue.
  • Physical and emotional tension.
  • Anxiety.
  • Muscle contractures and palpitations.
  • Digestive problems.
  • Tachycardia.
  • Weight gain.
  • Insomnia.
  • Bad mood, discouragement and even depression.

Connecting with nature reduces stress

It is well known that experts stress the importance of spending time in nature for people of all ages. But a group of experts from the University of Michigan conducted a research study that defined exactly how much time a day we should spend in nature to improve our health and well-being, and it is, specifically, 20 minutes a day.

According to the researchers in charge of the study, the results are in line with previous studies that have also found a close relationship between the connection with nature and biomarkers of stress. Now that there is exact information on the time needed to have a positive impact on health through nature, doctors can evaluate the prescription of these "natural pills" in patients with anxiety and other problems such as insomnia, hypertension or depression, among others.

Further studies in this same line of research could help to personalize this "nature pills" treatment according to other parameters such as age, gender, physical condition, seasonality or even cultural context.

It is worth mentioning that relaxing activities, such as yoga and meditation, are also very helpful in reducing anxiety.

Forest baths

Did you know that in Japan 5 million people take a forest bath every year to treat anxiety and hypertension?

Shinrin-yoku (in Japanese) is a technique of conscious connection with nature that benefits health.

 Immunologist Qing Li, an expert in Forest Medicine, gives some guidelines:

-Take a walk of about 2 hours in a wooded environment.

-Distance: about 2.5 kilometers; if 4 hours, maximum 4 kilometers, no more.

-With the necessary breaks.

-No electronic devices.

-Drink only water or tea.

-In order to strengthen the immune system, the minimum stay in the forest should be 3 days.

-To carry out the walks all year round as often as possible.

It should be noted that the density of anti-cancer terpenes in the forest atmosphere varies with the seasons: 

-In April and May it increases dramatically.

-In August it reaches its peak.

-In autumn it decreases a little.

-In winter it reaches a minimum.

Simple and free, this simple gesture promises to help general health, do you dare to try it?

Sleep, key to the balance of the organism

There is no doubt that stress greatly affects the body's imbalance. A good balance of all the body's systems, called homeostasis, requires that the body's clocks work properly. An important role in this is played by nightly sleep and rest. That is, to be in balance, people need our biological cycles, such as the circadian rhythm (night-day/sleep-wake cycle), to be well synchronized.

Studies to date point to stress as one of the main causes of the imbalance of the organism, which is related to countless health problems, as discussed below.

Circadian rhythm and obesity

In the words of the author of several studies investigating the role of the sleep cycle in overweight, Dr. Mary Teruel: "Many forces act against a healthy metabolism when we are out of circadian rhythm".

Her research shows how a disrupted circadian rhythm plays a key role in fat cell growth and insulin production. In a first study, he showed that, even when following a healthy diet, patients with a disrupted circadian cycle gain weight.

In a second study, he demonstrated how fat cell precursors are committed to becoming fat cells during the rest period: "The decision to become a fat cell occurs rapidly for four hours. It's like a switch. It only happens at a certain time of the day."

Lack of sleep causes levels of leptin, the hormone that sends the signal to stop eating, to decrease. In turn, it causes levels of the "hunger" hormone ghrelin to rise. In addition, research proves that when you are sleep deprived, you make worse food choices, choosing the highest calorie options.

CBD and Melatonin, natural health allies

Both Melatonin and CBD or non-psychotropic cannabidiol, as well as the combination of both, have amply demonstrated their effectiveness in educating the phases of sleep, managing to readjust the circadian rhythm, with all the benefits that this entails.

Phexia is the first company in the market to combine CBD and Melatonin in therapeutic amounts, which places us at the forefront of the medicinal use of this compound derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant, which is 100% free of side effects. Since it is well known in the medical community that this compound treasures innumerable therapeutic properties, clinical research only continues to grow and continue to discover new health benefits of CBD.

CBD and Melatonin improve the quantity and quality of sleep of people who take it regularly. But not only that, CBD also adds many other therapeutic effects such as pain relief, among others. For this reason, the choice between CBD alone or combined with Melatonin should be made according to the needs of each person. In Phexia we advise you to choose the best CBD oil and / or Melatonin based on your particular case, contacting here by email.

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