By Susan Patterson – Off The Grid News
Obesity rates are skyrocketing, and chronic illness, depression and behavioral problems are on the rise. While many are quick to blame Western food entirely for the health problems in America, there is another factor at play here.
Perhaps you guessed that the missing link is movement — we are just far too sedentary. This also is part of the problem, but a trip to the gym and 30 minutes on the elliptical still leaves us missing something vital.
Once upon a time
To understand this vital missing link you must look outside your window and imagine how your great-grandparents lived. They did not spend the majority of their day indoors, under artificial light. No, they were outdoors. We have been a sedentary culture for a very short period of time compared to the time we (humankind) have spent chasing our dinner or being chased by our dinner.
There was a time when everyone planted and harvested crops, hunted and fished. We spent massive amounts of time soaking in vitamin D from the sunshine, learning the ways of the animals and plants around us and making an intimate connection between ourselves and the outside world.
In less than a generation’s time, millions of Americans have completely severed the tie between themselves and the natural world. Sadly, this has taken a toll on all aspects of our health…Continue reading at Off The Grid News: How ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ Is Killing Us