Life in the desert is not only a leisurely and less expensive alternative to city life, but it also has some surprising health benefits. These are just a few examples of what life in the desert can do for you.
According to an environmental analysis of the Anza Borrego State Park and its surrounding area, “due to its remoteness,” “the air quality in the Park is generally good and is not necessarily characteristic of the air quality in the San Diego Basin.” Pollution has been linked to a number of lung diseases and is known to increase the risk of asthma attacks and respiratory allergies. High air pollution also increases the development of asthma and respiratory diseases in children. Yes, there really is nothing like breathing fresh air.
Probably one of the greatest benefits of sunlight is the production of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for maintaining skeletal calcium and the health of the immune system. High rates of cold and flu viruses in the winter months are thought to be due to a lack of vitamin D production. Vitamin D deficiency is also attributed to depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a Often called “winter blues”, caused by lack of sunlight. It is suggested that in regions with little sunlight for long periods of time, citizens invest in expensive UV lamps to simulate sunlight.
A humid afternoon not only makes us feel very bad, but it can also generate dangerous molds and fungi in the winter months. Drier weather can also decrease the occurrence of lung infections and arthritis aches and pains. Not to mention, hot and dry environments promote sweat production, allowing the body to release unwanted toxins and bacteria.
Quiet and peaceful environment
Perhaps one of the best things of all is the tranquility of living in nature. Being relatively isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city helps bring tranquility to body and soul and works wonders for reducing stress. Since chronic stress is known to cause health problems like heart disease, sleep disorders, depression, digestive problems, obesity, and autoimmune diseases, it’s proof that we could all use a little peace and quiet.
Ok, so hiking is something unique to the desert environment, but it is something that it has in abundance. Being an aerobic exercise, it is important and useful for cardiovascular health, maintaining bone density, reducing stress and maintaining weight. Not to mention, it has entertainment value along with health value. There is always something new and different to see and experience along the way. Don’t forget about our great walking spots at Butterfield Ranch Resort.