Gut Health, Mental Wellbeing and Immunity Linked to Outdoor Play

Gut Health, Mental Wellbeing and Immunity Linked to Outdoor Play
Playing in nature used to be a part of everyone's childhood but researchers say it has become an increasingly foreign concept in Western countries with changes to the way we live, the places we live in and advances in technology.

"Your connection to nature established early in life to your experiences can actually influence [your] life course's wellbeing," Canadian naturopath and health researcher Alan Logan said.

"And this is not just one or two studies, there have been several studies combined that have clearly shown this connection."

Mr Logan is one of the keynote speakers at a Children and Nature conference held in Perth this weekend, that has attracted specialists from around the world.

Mr Logan said studies show nature has positive impacts on stress levels and depression.

"Even a view out the window in an academic setting or the workplace, can influence stress and so forth as well as performance," he said.

Research also showed nature had a positive impact on children who have been diagnosed with impulsivity, hyperactivity and attention-deficit disorder and it even influences the way people relate to each other, Mr Logan said.

"One of the really important things about those early life connections to nature relates to empathy, and empathy of course is your ability to understand and to take another's perspective."
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