Your Brain Needs Vitamin N

Posted by on October 19, 2015 in Health with 3 Comments

By Debbie Hampton

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brain needs vitamin NRecently on a Saturday morning, I was driving to yoga class, with the windows down, the sunroof open, and tunes blasting.  It was one of those brilliantly sunny days, in the mid seventies with the humidity uncharacteristically low for August, and the air was buzzing with salient energy, life, and joy.  Know what I mean?

As I whizzed along, enjoying the wind whipping my hair and sunshine warming my left arm, propped on the window opening, I noticed that very few other cars had their windows down.  “Why the heck not?” I wondered.  It made me sad to see how disconnected people have become from their environment in this way as they sat in their closed off cars with the stale, recirculated air conditioning blowing on them.

OK.  Some may legitimately claim allergies, but what about the rest?  Have we gotten so far removed from the the Earth we live on, from the nature all around us that we can’t even enjoy, much less exist, in it without our modern comforts creating an artificial, and, often, unhealthy environment?  Have we forgotten that we are part of and vitally connected to the trees, the grass, and other life all around us?

Fresh air, produced in natural settings, around trees and moving water, is good for you and your brain for many reasons.  Away from the smog of cities, fresh air, being more ionized, has a different chemical makeup which is better for you.  This purer air cleans your lungs and is filled with the oxygen your brain loves.

Modern research is showing, what many have known all along, that communing with nature can improve your memory, focus, and attention.  After just an hour of interacting with nature, memory and attention spans improved by 20%.

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  1. I’m flattered that you liked my post so much that you saw fit to publish it on your website word for word. I would appreciate it if you would make it clear that it is not your original writing and attribute the post to me. You do have a link to my website at the top of the article, but no explanation what that’s for or what is about.
    Debbie Hampton
    Author of the above piece originally published on

    •' clnews says:

      Thank you Debbie. I’ve added your name as the author with a link to your “About” page at the top. I also added clear attribution at the bottom. We should ALWAYS be doing this. I will make it more clear to my support team. Thank you for a beautiful article and for allowing us to share it on CLN! In the future, if you have other articles you want shared (will full attribution), please email me @ Thank you!!! -Ross Pittman

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