“We do know that a diverse ecosystem supports a varied and beneficial microbial community living around and inside us. We also know that exposure to green space, even within urban environments, increases our physical and mental well-being.”
Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it just that you’re spending time away from work, de-stressing and taking in the view? Or is there more to it?
For more than 20 years, scientists have been trying to determine the mechanisms by which exposure to biodiversity improves health. Japanese scientists pioneered the search when they travelled to the island of Yakushima, famous for its biodiversity.