Sunday, August 13, 2017

Forest Bathing

While doing a trail running/training session this morning, I ran thru an area that had a completely different aroma then usual.  It was a clean fresh smell.  The oxygen level seemed to be higher.  It was like a burst of energy, so I sprinted faster for a few minutes.  It is very hot and humid in Florida right now, like most places, but every once in a while I come across these "areas".

While Kris and I were in the San Francisco area we enjoyed walking thru the "Muir Woods National Monument".  Even in the light rain, it was one of the most enjoyable walks we have ever been on.  We both commented on how the oxygen from the old growth redwoods made us feel.

This is called "Forest Bathing".  From what I have found is that the trees "bathe" themselves in an antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial called phytoncides.  This is how trees combat diseases.  But when humans inhale these it triggers our bodies to produce a special white blood cell called NK or natural killer.  These NK cells attack cancerous and tumorous growths in the body, improving our immune systems. Nature is incredible.

This is just another reason to get outside, especially in a wooded area.

Have a great week.

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