Monday, 10 January 2022

'Forest bathing'...

Walking in the park not only makes us feel good, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature brings many benefits for our health.

In Japan, a forest bathing trip, is a short, leisurely visit to a forest; it is regarded as being similar to natural aromatherapy. 

When walking in the park you will be breathing in the scents of the woodland. These include 

phytoncides which have antibacterial and antifungal qualities which, when people breathe in these chemicals, our bodies respond to by increasing the number and activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells. These cells kill tumour- and virus-infected cells in our bodies.

Spending time in woodland can reduce the negative effects of cytokines which affect the growth of all blood cells and other cells that help the body's immune and inflammation responses. It will also help to boost anti-cancer activity by sending signals that can help make abnormal cells die and normal cells live longer. Cytokines are crucial for fighting off infections and in other immune responses

There is a great deal of evidence that your walk in the park will benefit your heart and your immune system and contribute to reducing anxiety and depression.

The benefits to children are known to all teachers and parents, especially that children concentrate much better after being outside in first hand contact with nature.

So enjoy your walk in the knowledge that it’s doing you good!

Don’t believe me? Spend fifteen minutes listening to Just One Thing Podcast ‘Green Spaces’ BBC Dr Michael Moseley

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