Take a na­ture break

Better Homes & Gardens - - Better -

Whether you stroll through a park or en­joy a cup of cof­fee in the back­yard, spend­ing time in na­ture can help pro­tect you against a range of health is­sues, ex­perts say, in part by switch­ing the body from a stressed-out state to a rest-and­di­gest mode. When you’re stressed, your body di­verts re­sources away from ev­ery­thing that’s im­me­di­ately nonessen­tial, in­clud­ing the im­mune sys­tem. “But when we’re in a re­laxed state, the body puts re­sources toward build­ing the im­mune sys­tem,” says Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois en­vi­ron­ment and be­hav­ior sci­en­tist Ming Kuo, Ph.D.

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