How does nature help prevent disease?

The immune system may be a significant pathway explaining how nature and the body work jointly to fight disease, says research. We all know roaming through woods, countryside or paddling in the sea is good for our wellbeing. Research has discovered that spending time in natural environments protects against chronic illnesses such as depression, diabetes,... Continue Reading →

Is gardening a tonic for better health?

"We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it's our garden that is really nurturing us", said the British biographer Jenny Uglow, and she could be right. In England, 64% of people aged 45-64 report spending some of their free time tending a garden. Ask them why and a typical response might... Continue Reading →

How can gut bacteria help ease depressive symptoms?

Probiotics alone or combined with prebiotics may ease depressive symptoms, says study. Depression is the second leading cause of disability worldwide, and researchers are busy looking for new ways to treat the condition. One area of interest is focusing on the gut-brain axis or the relationship between the digestive and nervous systems. Although research is... Continue Reading →

Why are nature sounds good for our health?

Whether you're in a wood, park, garden or downloading nature sounds at home or work, they have more health benefits than you realise, according to research. In collaboration with the national park service, researchers from North America analysed data from 18 previous studies exploring how natural sounds influence human health.  “Sound perception enables most species,... Continue Reading →

Can chronic stress influence how we age?

Cumulative stress speeds up the ageing process in young and middle-aged adults, says study. We often judge how well we are ageing by comparing ourselves with those born around the same time. But, we also have a biological age which is different for us all. Scientists measure our biological age by looking at biochemical changes... Continue Reading →

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