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Urban Nature Experiences Reduce Stress in the Context of Daily Life Based on Salivary Biomarkers

The results of this study provide a validated starting point for healthcare practitioners prescribing a nature pill to those in their care. This line of inquiry is timely in light of expanding urbanization and rising healthcare costs.

Hunter, MR, Gillespie, B, Chen, SY

Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 10, April 2019, p. 722

Stress markers revealed that taking a nature pill reduces stress by 21%/h (salivary cortisol) and 28%/h (salivary amylase). When the duration of the NE is between 20 and 30 min, the gain in benefit is most efficient.