Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. – Rachel Carson
Exposure to nature enhances our physical health in profound ways. It benefits our cardiac system by lowering blood pressure. It improves pulmonary function, reduces inflammation, reduces blood glucose levels, and improves sleep. Forest Immersion and nature connection help us feel vital and energetic. It improves the microbiota of our skin, lungs and our gut, protecting us from allergic responses and helping us to digest food better.
Exposure to nature also protects us from disease. It boosts our immune system. Plants create phytoncides, airborne chemicals that plants use to protect themselves. As we breathe them, our bodies respond by increasing the number and activity of Natural Killer (NK) Cells, white blood cells that attack cancer- and virus-infected cells. Time outside also is proven to accelerate recovery from surgery or illness.
I arrived feeling late, lost and overloaded. I leave feeling fresh, oxygenated and inspired. Thank you!!
- Lucy L. participant