Our connection with trees
Your lungs bring oxygen into the body to support metabolism in all the cells.
Green plants breathe in carbon dioxide and use it for their metabolic processes, while breathing out oxygen. We breathe in oxygen to support our metabolic processes and breathe out carbon dioxide. Trees are known as the “lungs of the earth” and our own bronchial tree of the lungs looks like an upside-down tree!
Breathing is a powerful detoxifying process that cleans the blood from carbon dioxide, which is acidic and toxic. Deep breathing also facilitates movement of the lymphatic system which is the body’s major cleansing system. Belly breathing helps massage the organs bringing them fresh oxygenated blood and energy.
Being out in nature and in forested areas is beneficial for reducing stress. Getting away from the noise and distractions of life, connecting with nature by walking in green spaces helps us connect with ourselves. Hiking is not only effective exercise for your body but helps clear the mind as well.
You may have heard of the term “forest bathing”, a practice that originated in Japan. Forest bathing purposefully combines nature with mindfulness to connect mind and body health. It’s a much slower pace specifically focusing on all five senses within the space of nature. Studies have shown that spending more time in nature decreases anxiety, anger, and fatigue. Physiological improvements include lower levels of the stress-hormone, cortisol, and lower heart rate and blood pressure. Enhancing the parasympathetic nervous system counteracts the stress response system that we all try to manage.
If you don’t have a forest nearby, just spending time outside looking at green spaces or trees can have beneficial effects. Nature provides the most natural healing environment available for free!