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The Benefits of Forest Bathing

February 19, 2020

Marisa Soski, ND, MS


“In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks” - John Muir


I’m sure that you’ve heard that getting out into nature is good for you, but maybe you don’t know why? There are many, many reasons including lowering blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reducing nervous system arousal, enhanced immune system function, increased self-esteem, reduced anxiety, and improved mood. The research on this topic is continuing to grow everyday as researchers around the world discover more and more ways being in nature changes our physiology. The Japanese coined the term “Forest Bathing”, which is defined as making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest, and are at the forefront of research into this topic.


So how does this play a role in cancer care/healing? Researchers in Japan found that spending time in nature increased levels important components of the immune system, Natural Killer (NK) cells. NK cells help find and eliminate cancer cells in the body and are key to a properly functioning immune system! Therefore, spending time in nature can help your body fight cancer! How cool is that?!


This doesn’t mean you have to drive to your closest forest (which may not be close at all) to gleam these benefits. These positive effects also happen when you spend time in any green space, including parks or simply sitting underneath a tree.


DOI: 10.1177/03946320070200S202


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DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. There are no financial ties to any supplement companies, pharmaceutical companies, or to any of the products mentioned in this post. This post is not meant to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose conditions or diseases and is meant for educational purposes. As always, please consult your doctor before trying any new treatments or supplements.


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