Get outside and get healthy

canstockphoto20442738How often do you get outside? Too many of us are spending way too much time indoors and are paying the price for it with our health! When we get outside we get Vitamin D from the sun, fresh air for our lungs and brain to give us energy and we reconnect to the natural state of the world around us.

There’s a whole field of research called “grounding” which shows that we actually need to touch the earth at least 20 minutes a day to restore our bodies natural electrical charge. We simply have lost touch with this, since we are walking around in shoes on concrete flooring, using electronic devices throughout the day and spending a large part of our days indoors in artificial lighting. A simple, free thing to do everyday is to GET OUTSIDE!! Take a walk, hike, bike or run….bring your family or a friend OR just go alone!

One of my favorite outdoor activities is to garden. Start with a simple container garden of tomatoes or herbs on your front step, or dig a plot in your yard , OR join a community garden!

Community Gardens starting popping up around WWII out of necessity. People needed to grow their own food to get by. After the war, there was a huge economic boom and families started buying all sorts of convenience foods. We know now that all that convenience came with a price as we have seen a steady rise in obesity, diabetes and obesity since the 1960’s.

Gardens are a lot like our bodies! In a garden there needs to be plenty of nutrients in the soil. If the soil is depleted you will notice that the garden plants are diseased and unhealthy. Ever notice how some people are sick all the time….more nutrients would keep them healthy, just like the plants.

Gardening gives us a chance to connect with our food and know where it comes from. Fresh grown tastes best and is loaded with nutrients! As I said before, gardening gives us a chance to actually touch the earth. We are electrical beings and need to “get grounded”. Twenty minutes barefoot on the ground each day or digging your hands in the earth will help ground you and give you energy and balance to keep you healthy!!

Julie McMahon, Founder/Owner of Sound Nutrition, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Raw Food Nutrition Educator who is passionate about Nutrition, Health and Wellness. Julie believes in the power of whole foods to create optimal health and maximum energy flow and works with her clients in a step by step approach to achieve their personal vision of health. For more information, or to schedule a nutrition consultation, visit: or call NutritionJulie at 612-270-9344.

June 11, 2015
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