3 surprising ways by nature for health
When we are in nature, we do not have to respond to stressful stimuli – work meetings, honking; falling leaves and the chirping of birds distract us from our anxious thoughts. We move too so it is therefore not surprising that nature stimulates tremendous mood, as one research study validates that 46 Norwegians adults with moderate to severe depression have spent at least six hours a week in a group of urban gardening: they reported a significant change in their symptoms. Interestingly, the positive effects lasted three months after the gardening therapy for many of them.
Another study showed that self-esteem and mood were improving after the outdoor exercise. Best of all this? We begin to feel good after just five minutes of outdoor activity. Jogging in the park 10 minutes is all it takes.
2. Trees help you heal faster
The hospital managers have been long known for the healing power of natural scenes. Indeed, a study published in the 80 showed that other things being equal, patients whose rooms were loaded with the trees heal faster than those who were contemplating a brick wall. Interestingly, the patients did not need to be in a garden for the curative effects of Mother Nature. Several studies have shown that video and murals showing the nature and even the presence of an aquarium, were related to the reduction of anxiety and blood pressure as well as tolerance to higher pain. Hospitals have taken notice The Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg unveiled this summer a garden miracles from $ 1.8 million to assist in the recovery of patients.
3. Vegetation lowers blood pressure
Good news for people with cardiac risk: you can go to the countryside for medical reasons. In one study, 12 elderly people with hypertension were randomized between an urban environment – Hangzhou, China – or forestry. All participants ate the same diet, alcohol and caffeine, and they all walked a little over an hour in the morning and the afternoon. While blood pressure has remained the same for the urban group, ie the ones who spent their time in the forest saw their blood pressure drop significantly.