Dr Paul Innerd, a clinical physiologist from Sunderland University has stated that eating outside helps to increase our immunity and overall wellbeing, which will come as no surprise to people who enjoy glamping in the UK!

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Dr Innerd has claimed that partaking in basic pleasures such as packing a picnic and eating alfresco gives our immunity and wellbeing a well-deserved and often well-needed boost, and it is useful even when those days aren’t as sunny as you’d like them to be.

Speaking of his work, Dr Innerd, a clinical exercise physiologist at Sunderland University, said: “The research that I carry out is in a clinical environment with NHS patients – so I hear a lot about their lifestyles and diet.

“Of all outdoor activities, eating outdoors is an activity that many of my patients report to be most relaxing.

“In the UK we don’t always have the weather to pack a picnic and eat outside. It is really important to exploit any lovely days but bear in mind, it doesn’t necessarily need to be a sunny day to benefit.”

The idea that physiologically, eating outside, particularly when it comes to enjoying this activity with family, friends or loved ones, instantly has a positive effect on our cortisol levels; a hormone that increases when confronted with stressful situations. Essentially, too much of this hormone presents us with the risk of illness.

Dr Innerd went on to say: “When you get an email, for example, cortisol spikes.

“But going outdoors, enjoying food and having conversation reduces your cortisol level quite dramatically.

“And if you make it a regular lifestyle choice this will reduce inflammation and increase your immunity.”

For people with children, Dr Innerd’s claims are sure to interest, as he says they too stand to benefit significantly from regular dining outdoors.

When discussing this Dr Innered said: “But the benefits for children of eating outdoors are really more important and more significant.

“In a busy world, parents sometimes don’t spend enough time with their kids and this can mean that when they grow up, they might develop problems forming relationships and coping with the normal stresses of daily life.

“That family picnic could be an ideal opportunity to spend some family bonding time and make a huge difference to the child’s development.

“There is no television and people can appreciate their surroundings which promotes a feeling of wellbeing.”

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