Forests improve your Health
Lara Barge • Published April 2016

If you are lucky enough to be near a woodland or forest, then that is the place to be. Although being out in nature anywhere has amazing affects on our wellbeing, time in a forest takes it to a whole new level. Our immune systems are drastically boosted with exposure to forests.

Just breathing in the air in a forest has a massive impact on our health. The air in forests contains phytoncides, an airborne chemical that plants give off to protect them selves. Phytoncides have antibacterial and antifungal qualities to help the plants fight diseases.

With each breath you take, in a forest, you breathe in this magical medicine chemical. Phytoncides causes our bodies to respond by increasing the activity and number of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells or NK. These cells kill tumor and virus-infected cells in our bodies.

In a study, participants spent 3 days and 2 nights in a forest and the results of increased NK activity lasted for more than 30 days. That’s an impact of at least 10 times! So however small an amounts of time you can spend in nature it will give you benefits for a longer periods of time.

So what are you waiting for? Lets start a “time in nature revolution”!

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