Scientists have carried on research on how living close to nature could fulfill humans’ dreams of living forever.
Turns out wild animals might point to at least part of the answer. Living close to nature in natural habitats, animals have longer lifespans than those in zoos.
Research studies narrowed the reasons to the presence of pure green plants and also the natural flora and fauna found in a typical wildlife scenario.
Nourishing rejuvenation elements in Mother Nature provide human bodies with extended lifespan.
A major scientific study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital cross examined over 108,000 women living in the United States. The survey (aided by satellite imagery) spanned 2000 – 2008 and it examined the level of correlation between women’s mortality rate and the level of vegetation surrounding their homes.
Women living close to nature in more natural environments had a 12% lower mortality rate compared to those living in least vegetated surroundings. Deaths related to respiratory, kidney and cancer diseases showed the strongest relationship. Furthermore, the results did not change regardless of income levels, smoking or weight status.
So what’s the association between living longer and vegetation?
Humans living longer and healthier in well vegetated surroundings are shielded from the effects of noise, air pollution and extreme heat. Researchers also discovered that greener environments offer a conducive place for physical exercises and social interaction, which in turn lowers stress and depression levels.
Get involved with some practical activities to boost your lifespan.
Gardening for active adults:
Most important, you benefit by having direct contact with the sun, soil nutrients and vitamin D that are known to protect against cancer and heart diseases.
Physical Exercises for active adults:
For boosting a healthy lifestyle, cycling, walking, jogging or relaxation in the midst of green pastures and trees is highly recommended. Most noteworthy, remember from your high school science that trees are responsible for breathing out nourishing oxygen.
Eat more Veggies:
Daily consumption of fruits and veggies is best for getting more nutrients, toxins and antioxidants. That’s what your Mom told you. And now, after reaching active adult status age 55 and over, time to listen to her.
So you can consider eating your fruits while relaxing in your garden.