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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

"Forest Bathing" is a thing.

Walking or sitting in nature, aka Shinrin-yoku, started in Japan but is spreading like (dare we say it) wildfire to US wellness spas. Here's why you shouldn't wait for a trip to Sedona to try it.

It's great for your heart. A few hours in nature lowers blood pressure—and the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.

It soothes your brain. Being in greenery decreased anxiety, depression, anger, and fatigue for adults in one study. Other research shows that kids with ADHD who spend time in natural outdoor environments have a reduction in symptoms.

It speeds recovery. People in the hospital given green views after surgery had shorter stays, took fewer painkillers, and had fewer complications than those who stared out at a cement wall.

It beefs up immunity. When you inhale fresh forest air, you breathe in phytoncides, plant chemicals that have antibacterial and antifungal qualities and increase the immune system's disease-fighting natural killer cells.

Forest bathing is good for your health


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