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Green spaces benefit health including blood pressure and a low cholesterol level

This theory is supported by a 2018 meta-analysis in the journal Environment Research in which they reviewed more than 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 forest as a key to physical and psychological health.

On the other hand, a 2020 study in Frontiers in Psychology revealed that walking in a natural environment reduces stress and improves mental health, the results were known after analyzing 14 studies involving university students.

“There is increasing 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 Zarr, a pediatrician from Ottawa, Canada, has chosen to have prescriptions for health that do not primarily require drugs. As he explained, patients abroad can immerse themselves in the healing powers of nature combined with the benefits of exercises in a green space and fresh air.

An analysis by Environmental Research suggested that another benefit is sunlight, since microorganisms in nature can strengthen the immune system and being in an outdoor environment encourages people to do physical activity.

Taken from the American Heart Society

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