Getting Back to Nature Boosts Natural Killer Cells

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Spending time in the woods, called forest bathing, may boost your ability to fight viruses and infections
  • Data revealed the same effects are not experienced by being outdoors in an urban environment; diffusing cypress stem oil indoors produced similar but weaker results
  • Spending time in green spaces has additional benefits, including blood pressure reduction, cortisol secretion and lowering the incidence of diabetes
  • Other healthy habits that support your immune health include taking care of your gut microbiome, exercising, getting quality sleep and maintaining adequate vitamin D levels

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