Nature pill said to lower stress in humans
BY MARKET NEWS ON APRIL 4, 2019
Scientists have suggested through a new study that nature is one of the best known stress busters and taking just 20 minutes out of one’s day to be with nature could significantly improve mental health and reduce stress.
University of Michigan scientists have said that you can take just 20 minutes out of your day to be with nature and that will significantly lower your stress hormone levels. Scientists say that their findings could be used by healthcare practitioners to prescribe ‘nature pills’ to have a real measurable effect.
Scientists say that through their study it is now evident that a person can garner benefits of ‘nature pill’ in short amount of time. For the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the research team involved 36 participants. Over an eight-week period, they were asked to take a ‘nature pill’ for at least 10 minutes, three times a week.
Levels of cortisol—a stress hormone—were measured from saliva samples taken before and after taking the ‘nature pill’, once every two weeks.
The data revealed that just a 20 minute nature experience was enough to significantly reduce cortisol levels.
And if you take in a little more nature experience – 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking – cortisol levels dropped at their greatest rate, the researchers said. Scientists say their study shows that for the greatest payoff, in terms of efficiently lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking in a place that provides you with a sense of nature.
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