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5 Health Benefits of Desert Living

A bird’s eye view of a woman standing on a road in a desert

Ancient texts from Ayurveda mention the influence of climate on the balance of our health. An environment that does not suit us can upset the balance in our bodies. And vice versa - health problems can be treated by climate change. In this article, we will explore the health benefits of desert living.

Everything in the universe consists of five elements - water, air, fire, earth, and ether. These elements in a subtle and intertwined form also exist in our body, and their imbalance can cause disease. Therefore, the use of elements of nature for therapeutic purposes makes a lot of sense, and climatotherapy uses weather conditions as a treatment method.

Health benefits of desert living

The desert climate is characterized by dry, hot weather and plenty of sunshine. Desert living has many health benefits – let’s take a look at a few of them.

1. Vitamin D

Our body does not produce vitamins, so we must get them from food or supplements. But vitamin D is an exception. It synthesizes in the body as a consequence of direct exposure to sunlight. As much as 80% of vitamin D is formed by the action of ultraviolet rays on the skin. Hence its cheerful nickname - the sunshine vitamin. Desert living will ensure you get plenty of sunshine and keep your vitamin D reserves high. This way, you can avoid seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which occurs in colder and darker places.

Sand dunes during golden hour

The sun is food for our body and our mind

Health benefits of vitamin D

  • It regulates the concentration of calcium and phosphate in the blood and encourages better resorption. This makes itnecessary for the growth and strengthening of bones and teeth from an early age.
  • Enough vitamin D = lower risk of osteoporosis! The absorption of calcium from food is limited, so the body draws it from the bones. 
  • Vitamin D is a great defender against viruses and bacteria. It activates and regulates the immune system.
  • It affects proteins in the brainassociated with learning and memory. And not only does it make it easier for us to cope with mental challenges, but it also rejuvenates the brain.
  • The balance of hormones also depends on the amount of vitamin D, which affects fertility in women and men.
  • Vitamin D is credited with a lower risk of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis and some types of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

2. Less moisture

In addition to small amounts of rainfall, all deserts are characterized by notably low humidity. In desert climates, there is not enough water on the ground to evaporate and create clouds, which would later return the water through the rain. However, the lack of moisture in the air has many qualities. It decreases mold, which can be very beneficial for people with respiratory problems. Those who have asthma or have similar issues will find that this type of weather helps with breathing better. 

Dryness also reduces the risk of infections because moisture is crucial for the growth of bacteria - the drier the air, the less likely it will spread. If you are using the full potential of the desert, you will probably spend plenty of time outdoors. And that brings the risks of cuts and wounds. With less moisture, you don't have to worry so much about your injuries getting infected!

In addition to this, dry air is favorable for people with heart conditions. The humid climate is known to heighten the risk of heart attacks and worsen the symptoms of cardiovascular diseases. In favor of this, plenty of sun in the desert will also helplower your blood pressure.

3. Safer air quality

If you have problems with allergies and struggle throughout the whole allergy season - desert living is just for you! Certain types of vegetation tend to grow less robustly during the hotter months in areas with low humidity. Common causes of seasonal allergies like grass and ragweed have a much harder time growing here. Also, as mentioned above, there is less mold forming. However, you should beware of the dust that's more present in these environments.

Air pollution also tends to be lower in arid climates, mainly because of the human factor. Desert living can be a challenge for many people. That's why not many choose to take this step. With fewer people around, the air pollution goes down, as well. City living has its many disadvantages - it might be time to escape it.

4. Better mobility

Another health benefit of desert living is related to issues with mobility, such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Your muscles and joints could benefit from the sun and the heat, helping you move easier and soothing the pain you're experiencing.

A person walking

Your joints will enjoy the warm and dry weather

5. Lower stress levels

We already mentioned the population is lower in desert locations. This has many benefits! One of which - less stress for you. Imagine driving and not worrying about getting stuck in traffic. Fewer crowds work great for lowering anxiety and achieving a slow-paced, stress-free lifestyle. The sun and the opportunity to relax more could do wonders for both your mental and physical health.

If all of this sounds great and you want to take the next step, you might need help settling down in rural Nevada, for example. Hiring reliable movers for this task might be a good idea as long-distance moves are notorious for being stressful. And who wants that? A less stressful life is something we all desire.

There are many unexpected health benefits of desert living. But, on top of that, the desert also offers beautiful landscapes, lots of outdoor activities, and plenty of sunshine. All of this is something to take into consideration when thinking about your next move. Good luck!

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