It’s no secret that hiking can provide a myriad of health benefits; ranging from physical fitness to improved brain function. But did you know that the earth beneath your feet could actually be boosting your child’s immune system or treating depression with every stride? It’s crazy – right?
According to a 2008 article in Popular Science, a nonpathogenic species of bacteria that lives naturally in soil increases the brain’s production of serotonin; reducing depressive behaviors. What’s even more impressive is that unlike Prozac, this bacteria does not produce a laundry list of side effects.
The same bacteria is believed to reduce the risk of developing allergic asthma, caused by pollen, pet dander and other environmental factors, among children.
I guess you could say that it’s no coincidence that in addition to wearing hiking boots and back packs, many of those hiking the trails at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa and Minnewaska State Park are also wearing smiles.
Interested in hiking getaway for a healthier you? Visit http://www.honorshaven.com/special-packages/minnewaska-hiking-package/or call 1-877-969-4283 for information on Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa Minnewaska Hiking Package.