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How ‘Forest Bathing’ Keeps Us Well

How ‘Forest Bathing’ Keeps Us Well

Micro-dosing on Nature Can Help with Stress

The practice, long popular in Japan, is gaining popularity globally as a way of harnessing the health benefits of being outdoors.

Nowadays it feels like we never have a minute to stop and just relax. We’re so busy that there’s always something going on; whether it’s work, family, emotional, or other aspects of our lives. It can feel like there are always things to do or to worry about.

Being active and getting outdoors regularly is a great way to keep healthy and fit physically. It can also play an important role in your mental wellbeing. Research suggests exercise can enhance the body’s ability to respond to stress, and increase norepinephrine levels, which helps moderate the brains’ stress-response.

The idea is simple: being around trees for relaxation and recreation can help to reduce stress, increase mental-wellness and boost immune systems. Breathing in the organic compounds (phytocides) that trees emit as you explore the forest, can directly improve your health and wellbeing.

Using nature for emotional wellbeing is well known across the globe. In 1982, Japan made shinrin-yokuor ‘forest bathing’ a part of its national health program. The aim was to briefly  reconnect people with nature in the simplest way possible. Go to the woods, breathe deeply, be at peace. Forest bathing was Japan’s medically sanctioned method of unplugging  before there were smartphones to unplug from! Since shirin-yoku’s inception, continued research has been carried out testing its efficacy, and the documented benefits to one’s health include lowered blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and stress hormones.

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Acupuncture reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia according to study

Acupuncture reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia according to study

Evidence suggests acupuncture reduces the symptoms of fibromyalgia, according to a Mayo Clinic study.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder considered disabling by many, and is characterized by chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain and symptoms such as fatigue, joint stiffness and sleep disturbance. No cure is known and available treatments are only partially effective.

Mayo’s study involved 50 fibromyalgia patients enrolled in a randomized, controlled trial to determine if acupuncture improved their symptoms. Symptoms of patients who received acupuncture significantly improved compared with the control group, according to the study published in the June issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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Food for Winter Months – Oat Porridge with Cinnamon and Goji Berries

Food for Winter Months – Oat Porridge with Cinnamon and Goji Berries

Winter is cold with yin dominating: dark, damp, cold. Moving from Autumn to Winter is another major seasonal change when we need to eat plenty of energizing foods to combat the increased risk of external pathogens in the months ahead.

Oat Porridge with Cinnamon and Goji Berries

Oats are a stimulating food for the nervous system, energizing and anti-depressant. They are a rich source of B Vitamins, they lower cholesterol levels, help to regulate blood sugar and contain iron and iodine. Goji berries help to nourish Blood and tonify Liver and Kidneys. Cinamon helps to clear internal cold and warm the kidneys. A great start to the day for the winter months!

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