Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Spruce up your immune system

A hike in the woods can boost you immune system
Men's Health Magazine

You may finally have a legitimate reason to hug a tree: A hike in the woods can boost your immunity, say Japanese researchers.

They found that men who walked through a forest for a total of 6 hours over 2 days experienced a 46 percent spike in their blood levels of natural killer cells, which are part of your body's SWAT team against invading viruses.

Apparently, all trees release airborne chemicals called phytoncides that not only protect their foliage from microbes, but also help to stimulate our own immune systems.

KNN: Talk a walk in the woods for good health!!!!!

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