A food forest or as we call it Yummy Jungle, is more than a “CO2 Neutral tasty garden” . There is also a lot of scientific research into the ‘healing’ effect of being busy with forests on both body and mind.
Strengthen your immunity .
A study of nurseries showed that daily contact with forest land and greenery within a month significantly increased the immunity in children.
Bathing in the forest is healing for the mind . The Japanese call it ‘Shinrin-yoku’.
In Japan, walking or staying in forests to promote health is called ‘Shinrin-yoku ‘. If you literally translate it as ‘bathing in the woods’. This new tradition originated in Japan in the 1980s and the effect was so remarkable that research has already been done here.
….stress-reducing and relaxing; lowers cortisol and adrenaline, calms the sympathetic nervous system (the ‘fight of flight’ system), activates the parasympathetic nervous system (the ‘rest and recovery’ system), lowers blood pressure and increases heart-rate variability; lowers blood sugar levels; improves concentration and memory and helps against worrying; provides more problem-solving and creativity (by 50%); decrease anxious feelings, depression and anger, increasing pain threshold; energizing; the immune system through an increase in the body’s own Natural Killer (NK) cells; increases anti-cancer proteins; aiding in weight loss.Let’s quote Wikipedia
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