Researchers have found that a walking through the forest improves natural immunity.
This is important for preventing cancer as well as other chronic illnesses.
For sure you have been walking through the forest at least once in your life.
Of course, everyone is enjoying the relaxation in the Mother Nature.
That’s why some people choose to live in the forest or next to them.
In addition, other people travel thousands of miles to walk in the Redwoods, the Costa Rican or Ecuador forests.
However, Japanese scientists have found that the tradition called Shinrin-yoku or “bathing in the forest” is still strong.
And why that is so?
The reasons are by biochemical nature.
Walking through the forest is healthy for your body
What is happening with walking through the forest?
The scientists tested people before and after a two-hour forest walk.
They found increasing for 50% and more at white blood cells in all (just one person didn`t have this improvement).
They had also a lower blood pressure.
All of those people felt calm, as well as a blur in their heads.
Forest trees and plants emit into the environment antimicrobial vaporous organic compounds of plant derivatives, called phytoncides.
Phytoncides are eliminating fungi and bacteria.
Fungus and bacteria may be a problem for our immune system.
At the same time, it turns out that even trees do not like them.
Forest trees are usually hundreds, if not thousands of years old.
Trees and other plants have perfected protection, compounds that can kill fungus and bacteria.
When you walk through the forest, your breath is united with these components.
This effect is lasting about 2 months.
Let’s say, when we are walking through the forest we are bathing in its natural immunity.
We have immersed in the “phytochemically” immune system of the forest.
Professor King Li from the Department of Hygiene and Public Health at the Nippon Medical School – Tokyo explained the story to American writes Anna Lena Phillips.
The article provides more precise information on effects by specific hormones.
That`s including the effects of adiponectin, DHEA stress, and noradrenaline.
This study was declared in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.