A move to the nearest forest, or grassland may be what the doctor should order to promote a long and healthy life. Is your residential setting lacking or brimming with greenery?
According to research findings published in the Environmental health Perspectives, the greener your outdoor surroundings, the better. Harvard and Brigham researchers collected data from an eight-year, nationwide study on women enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study, and found that women living in homes surrounded with natural vegetation lived longer and healthier lives.
Satellite technology was used to detect and measure levels of vegetation around the homes. Those living in areas with the highest concentration of green vegetation had a 12% lower overall mortality rate than those living in areas with the least amount of vegetation. Women living in areas with the most vegetation experienced a significant 43% lower rate of respiratory-related deaths, and 13% lower rate of cancer deaths than those living in areas with the least amount of vegetation.
Green spaces make it easier to unwind, and lower stress levels, thus improving mental health and reducing the likelihood of depression. It also provides outdoor space to engage in exercise, sports, and other physical activities, while interacting socially with others.
Trees and hedges further enhance our health and living environment by reducing air pollution, extreme heat, harsh direct winds, and excessive noise.
7 ways to surround yourself with green living spaces when a move to the country isn't doable.
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Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success.
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