Friday, October 11, 2013

Forest Bathing and Your Brain

Are you familiar with the term forest bathing. Reportedly, forest bathing can do wonderful, healthful things for your body. It comes from the Japanese term shinrin-yoku. No surprise, cutting edge research in this area is coming from Japan. Researchers at Tokyo's Nippon Medical School have provided some quantifiable evidence related to the benefits of forest bathing. In one study, women who spent two to four hours in the woods on two consecutive days experienced a nearly 50 percent increase in the activity of cancer-fighting white blood cells. Just think how that can benefit your brain!You might not have 2-4 hours available during the week, but how about on the weekend? And you might not have a “forest” next door, but there will likely be some location where you can get outside among some trees. 

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