Wetlands shown to reduce signs of aging
Researchers find anti-aging benefits in Canada’s bio-rich ecosystems.
Forget the fountain of youth. Scientists now say that you don’t need to look any further than your local marsh, bog or fen for anti-aging benefits.
According to Pascal Badiou, research scientist at DUC’s Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research, wetlands have been shown to reduce signs of aging in people who are exposed to the bio-rich waters on a frequent basis.
“We’ve seen people just come alive and be revitalized after one wetland treatment,” says Badiou. “Wetlands take nature bathing to a different level by reducing stress, sharpening the senses, encouraging activity, and adding a healthy glow to any complexion.”
The scientific community already recognizes many environmental benefits to wetlands. They have been proven to filter contaminants from water, reduce flooding and drought, keep the air cleaner and support hundreds of species of wildlife. Badiou, whose office is located at Oak Hammock Marsh in Manitoba, says the personal health benefits are just as compelling.
“The evidence is not contained to the lab,” he says. “It can be seen in my DUC colleagues and our volunteers — anyone who spends time in wetlands is a walking billboard for health and well-being.”
This year, DUC is celebrating its 80th anniversary, and it too has shown no signs of slowing down. Many of its long-time staff and volunteers continue to channel their passion for conserving wetlands – critical to sustaining the health of the people and animals that use them, and the health of our planet.
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