With cold and flu season here, it’s more important than ever that we all get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly to keep our immune systems in top shape. But why stop there? If you want to strengthen your body’s defenses by any means necessary, here are some less orthodox tactics:
#1: Get lost (in the woods).
Scientists in Japan have started prescribing “forest therapy” as a way for people to relax and boost their immune health, after a study found that men who’d spent six hours hiking in a forest over the course of two days had higher levels of “natural killer cells,” which strengthen immunity and help fight cancer. The healthy effects of the hike lasted for 30 days. If a few days of arboreal wandering don’t fit your schedule, seek out whatever nature you can find, such as a park or even your own backyard. Being in nature is a natural stress reliever, and relaxation is great for your immune system.
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