Prescribing nature: Research suggests the outdoors are good for your mental health

A growing body of research suggests that being outdoors can benefit mental health and boost memory, improve cardiovascular health and help us live longer. Additional studies find that nature lowers cortisol, the body’s stress hormone.

With that research in hand, doctors in parts of Canada have signed on to provide what are known as “nature prescriptions” for those living with mental illnesses and physical health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

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