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Green spaces offer health benefits including blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels

This theory is supported by a 2018 meta-analysis from the journal Environmental Research in which they reviewed over 140 studies and found that exposure to green spaces was associated with a wide range of health benefits, including lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Analysis by Environmental Research suggested that another benefit is sunlight. Photo: shutterstock.

In the 16th century, Paracelsus, a Swiss physician, asserted that “the art of healing comes from nature and not from the doctor.” Also, experts in Japan promote bathing in the woods as a key to physical and psychological health.

On the other hand, a 2020 study in Frontiers in Psychology found that walking in natural environments reduces stress and improves mental health, after analyzing 14 studies in which university students participated. .

“There is growing evidence that spending time in nature is beneficial to health,” said Donald Rakow, a professor at Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science in Ithaca, New York.

Dr. Robert Zar, a pediatrician in Ottawa, Canada, has chosen health tips that don’t primarily require drugs. As he explained, patients abroad can immerse themselves in the healing powers of nature combined with the benefits of exercise in the green spaces and fresh air.

An analysis of environmental research suggested that another benefit is sunlight, as microbes in nature can strengthen the immune system and being in an outdoor environment encourages people to do physical activity.

Retrieved from American Heart Society

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