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Nature = Health?

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Date: Jul 07, 2010 - 07:30 AM
Here's an interesting one for you - apparently getting out into nature significantly increases immune function.

Stress reduction is one factor. But scientists also chalk it up to phytoncides, the airborne chemicals that plants emit to protect them from rotting and insects and which also seem to benefit humans.

One study published in January included data on 280 healthy people in Japan, where visiting nature parks for therapeutic effect has become a popular practice called ?Shinrin-yoku,? or ?forest bathing.? On one day, some people were instructed to walk through a forest or wooded area for a few hours, while others walked through a city area. On the second day, they traded places. The scientists found that being among plants produced ?lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure,? among other things.
In other words: go for a walk in the park. You'll be happier and healthier.

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