DID YOU KNOW?
Living close to nature and spending time outside reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure, according to research from the University of East Anglia. Data analysed was from 290 million people in 20 countries including the UK, the US, Spain, France, Australia and Japan – where ‘forest bathing’ is a popular practice. Used as a therapy in Japan, forest bathing involves spending time in nature sitting, lying down, or walking. The study found exposure to greenspace significantly reduces salivary cortisol levels – a physiological marker of stress, while the diverse bacteria and organic compounds with antibacterial properties present can benefit the immune system and reduce inflammation.