Keeping Your Greens Can Help You Live Longer
If you do not have a pot of green leave (flower) in your home. It's time to go grab one.
A study has shown that keeping your environment clean and green can help you live longer.
The colour green naturally depicts life and nature wherever we find it.
No wonder dearth in vegetation is adversely affecting the climate, making it more delicate for human and other living mammals.
Natural environments, full of green vegetation, might help you live longer.
A 2016 study found that living in or near green areas could lower mortality rates.
Yes! It will reduce death rate and this is how it happens.
After the research carried out with adult women, it was observed that those living in the highest quintile of satellite-measured green vegetation around their home had a lower mortality rate than those living in the lowest quintile of greenness.
Findings were consistent across all regions of the United States, as well as in urban and rural areas, and it was observed that there was no threshold at which greater greenness exposure is not associated with lower mortality rates.
Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital compared risk of death with the amount of plant life and vegetation near the homes of more than 100,000 women.
After the eight-year study was completed, the data revealed that participants who live in the greenest areas have a 12% lower death rate than women living in the least green areas.
Any amount of reduction of death rate is something human should cherish for real.
With more green space, study authors said, came more opportunity to socialise outdoors.
Additionally, the natural settings -- compared with residential regions where plants and greenery were sparse -- proved to be beneficial to mental health.
"We were surprised at the magnitude of the mental health pathway," study author and research associate at the Harvard Chan School's Department of Epidemiology, Peter James, said.
Of those who did not live in greener areas, respiratory issues were the second highest cause of death. Green leafs helps us breath better, apparently because they produce oxygen.
The study indicated that less exposure to polluted air may have been one of several reasons for increased life expectancy among for those who lived in green areas.
Our ancestors lived their entire lives outdoors. The benefits we stand to gain from adopting an outdoor mindset, James says, could have a positive impact.
"We know already that vegetation can help mitigate the effect of climate change. Our study suggests the potential co-benefit for health."
The study further highlighted the benefits of planting vegetation to include reducing wastewater loads, sequestering carbon, and mitigating the effects of climate change.
Go plant a tree today or ensure that you make space for it when you are building your house.