Saturday, 12 February 2011

Guest article written by Krista ,it’s important to see the benefits of living an “outdoor life.” Many thanks my friend for this post as someone who believes in the health given possibilities of the mountains it is so important to spread this. After two years being back in the mountains Mel is slowly giving up her meds in favour of the mountains after three lots of Cancer we never thought we would reach this day and as always i thanks Scotland and the mountains for taking care of my wife peace and light

 
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In today’s world, it’s more common to spend time indoors in front of the television or computer than to step outside. With technology grabbing hold of any free time we may have and with long hours in the office taking whatever daylight hours may be available, it’s important to see the benefits of living an “outdoor life.”
Spending more time outdoors gives you the chance to soak in some sunlight.  While it’s important to use eco-friendly sunscreen while exposed to ultraviolet radiation, sunlight exposure wards off Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is good for strengthening bones and for lowering your risk of cancer.
Also, outdoor activities provide a natural, healthy way to stay in shape. Keeping active prevents health complications like heart disease and obesity. In fact, being outdoors in the winter raises metabolism due to the changes in body temperature. Besides keeping you fit, giving your eyes a break from the computer screen and letting them take in the beauty of the outside world can actually reduce nearsightedness and other technology-induced eye problems.
Remaining indoors for prolonged periods of time may increase your risk of an aggressive cancer as well.  Some drywall and insulation, especially in older homes and buildings, contains a toxin called asbestos. If inhaled or ingested for extended periods, asbestos gathers in the lungs or stomach and causes mesothelioma. Mesothelioma symptoms include shortness of breath and a cough, but doctors often misdiagnose victims due to a 20-50 year latency period.  Spending more time outdoors decrease your chance of contracting this cancer.
Working and playing outdoors increases the chance of actual social interaction. Pulling yourself or your children away from online and phone networking gives them a chance to see real people and increase healthy social functioning in a literal environment.  Being outdoors also minimizes stress. Too much stress inhibits your immune system and slows healing and mental clarity; it also causes depression and anxiety. 
So, to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, depression, and obesity, spend some time outdoors. Avoid the possibility of mesothelioma symptoms, anxiety, and stress by enjoying what nature has to offer. Whether you choose to live out your days in the fresh Highlands air or whether you make a conscious effort to take your family camping more often, keep the benefits of an “outdoor life” in mind.
 
 
Many thanks my friend for this post as someone who believes in the health given possibilities of the mountains it is so important to spread this.
 
After two years being back in the mountains Mel is slowly giving up her meds in favour of the mountains after three lots of Cancer we never thought we would reach this day
 
and as always i thanks Scotland and the mountains for taking care of my wife
 
peace and light

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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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