Green is a symbol of flourishment, enrichment, peace and warmth. The plants, shrubs, trees and grass surrounding us are a sight to behold, but they offer far more striking benefits than simply beauty and greenery. A 2016 analysis has found that women residing in areas that have highest level of greenness had a 12% reduced chance of mortality compared to those women who had the lowest level of greenness. These results surprised the analysts who were aware that plantations and tree density affect climate changes, but this is the first time it has been proved that they benefit health too!
Exploring Greener Pastures!
The study involved around 1,00,000 women who were residing at the highest levels of greenery. The percentage of trees and plantations around them within 250 meters of their homes were measured using satellite imagery. The research team observed these women for a period of 8 years within which there was 8,604 deaths. Results showed that residing in greener areas reduced:
Greener, the Better
If you are lucky enough to reside in an area surrounded by greenery, trees, plants and birds, take it as a welcome sign for improving your health. Go outside, breathe some clean air, talk to friends, socialize, do some physical activity and enjoy the green outdoors. If you live in an area that does not boast of much greenery, get down on your feet and plant some saplings and trees. If you live in a highly urbanized locality, correspond with the localities and meet the authorized representative for allocating some green space. You need not live in a garden but try to take every possible step to be surrounded by greenery whenever possible. In fact, 84% of the study participants lived in urban areas. Interact with friends who live in greener areas and spend some time at their house to breathe fresh air. Vacations can be planned to hilly areas that hold some beautiful nature spots and wonders.
The research team strongly believe that the results would remain the same even when men were subjected to a similar kind of study. This study adds further evidence that surrounded by nature takes us one step ahead in health and wellness. That’s why many wellness programs involving yoga/meditation usually take place outside, maybe under a huge banyan tree or a green park.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.