benefits of a hike

by Alane Archer, ND, CNC

It’s that time of year when we have the urge to get outside and go for a fall hike!

The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are dropping, and it just feels great to be in the great outdoors! But do you know what going on a fall hike, or any exercise, does for your brain health?

There are many benefits to going on a fall hike, but below are 3 tops benefits you should put a hike on your calendar soon:

Cognitive Benefits – Taking a hike can improve your higher-level thinking skills, increase your IQ, increase your focus, and helps you control your emotions, among other things.

Psychological Benefits – Getting outside and moving can help alleviate stress and anxiety, give you emotional resilience, fight and prevent depression, and improve your overall mood and self-esteem level. In a nutshell, you will be a happier person!

Neurological Benefits – Increasing your daily movement can help increase your energy levels, reduce fatigue, make your brain bigger and slows down brain atrophy.

How is all of this possible just by exercising, you ask? Through your brain’s neurotransmitters. A neurotransmitter is an important messenger of your nervous system. The brain uses neurotransmitters to signal your body to work. They signal the heart to beat, the digestion to function, and the brain to react a certain way. They also signal our moods. Neurotransmitters help you feel good when there is a balance between the calming and stimulant neurotransmitters.

Do you feel like your neurotransmitters might not be working the way they should? If you have any of the following symptoms, give us a call, as we can help you determine if there is an imbalance, with a simple urine test, called the Neurotransmitter Test.

Weight gain
Poor focus
Mood swings
Attention Deficit

Fatigue (mental and physical)
Food cravings
Trouble remembering people or things
Low libido
Stomach aches
Trouble focusing

We care about you and are here to help you. If you are concerned your neurotransmitters are not working to the level they should, get tested and get answers!  A personalized protocol comes with ALL test results.

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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.