... Less than 24 hours at @1440multiversity
amid the California redwoods and I already feel like a new person. Don't get me wrong, I love city living, but the toll that city life can take on your health is significant. "Nature bathing" (the term that scientists give for immersing yourself into nature) has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce levels of stress hormones in the body by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system. A walk in nature (compared to a walk in the city) can make us happier, and more attentive, while reducing rumination, which is when we get stuck in a rut thinking about mistakes we may have made when we should be focusing on the present. 4 days in nature markedly reduced body fat (by 10%), increased muscle mass, and improved insulin resistance in a trail of healthy men and women. Perhaps most interestingly, being in nature for just 3 days was shown to boost the activity and number of natural killer (immune) cells for an entire month. These cells are our first line of defense against malignant cells and also help to clear up senescent cells which are damaged cells that have come pro-inflammatory and drive aging. (In animal models, when mice were bred to more efficiently clear their senescent cells, they had a 30% increase in lifespan.) Glad to know being out here for the week is seriously recharging my mind and biology!
Shout out to @1440multiversity
—my Biohacking Your Brain and Body course is beginning tonight (co-taught with @paulgrewalmd
). Thanks to @foursigmatic
for the snack swag. Also, keep an eye out for my next blog post which is going to be all about the effects of air pollution on brain health and function. Can't wait to share!
#biohacking #selfcare #brain #brainhealth #nature #naturelovers #instacool