Take a “forest bath”

Did you know that high stress levels can compromise your immune system? By reducing these levels, your body’s natural defense system is able to work its magic. Trees release oils into the air, called phytoncides, and inhaling these natural essences can actually help to boost your immune system. Learn more at https://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/guide-forest-bathing/

Research conducted in transcontinental Japan and China points to a wealth of positive health benefits for the human physiological and psychological systems associated with the practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “Forest Bathing”. Forest bathing has therapeutic effects on: (1) the immune system function (increase in natural killer cells/cancer prevention); (2) cardiovascular system (hypertension/coronary artery disease); (3) the respiratory system (allergies and respiratory disease); (4) depression and anxiety (mood disorders and stress); (5) mental relaxation (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and; (6) human feelings of “awe” (increase in gratitude and selflessness).

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