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Offline Asteriktos

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Tree-Huggers Vindicated Yet Again!
« on: April 07, 2017, 07:21:31 PM »
The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health

...From 2004 to 2012, Japanese officials spent about $4 million dollars studying the physiological and psychological effects of forest bathing, designating 48 therapy trails based on the results. Qing Li, a professor at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, measured the activity of human natural killer (NK) cells in the immune system before and after exposure to the woods. These cells provide rapid responses to viral-infected cells and respond to tumor formation, and are associated with immune system health and cancer prevention. In a 2009 study Li’s subjects showed significant increases in NK cell activity in the week after a forest visit, and positive effects lasted a month following each weekend in the woods. This is due to various essential oils, generally called phytoncide, found in wood, plants, and some fruit and vegetables, which trees emit to protect themselves from germs and insects. Forest air doesn’t just feel fresher and better—inhaling phytoncide seems to actually improve immune system function...

“Forest environments promote lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity than do city environments,” the study concluded... Trees soothe the spirit too. A study on forest bathing’s psychological effects surveyed 498 healthy volunteers, twice in a forest and twice in control environments. The subjects showed significantly reduced hostility and depression scores, coupled with increased liveliness, after exposure to trees...
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Re: Tree-Huggers Vindicated Yet Again!
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2017, 08:04:14 PM »
Trees soothe the spirit too.
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Re: Tree-Huggers Vindicated Yet Again!
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2017, 08:54:50 PM »
Ironic that this research comes from the country of the Suicide Forest.
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