Living Near Trees Is Healthy For You & Your Family

by Sumdima Rai
Did you know that one large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for four people? Just imagine how much fresh air is provided by an area shaded by a grove of trees, plants, and flowers. Here are five reasons you should definitely consider living near trees.

1. Trees Help You Breathe Better

Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and then convert it into oxygen, which is released back into the atmosphere. They also help us breathe better. A research by USDA Forest Services found that all the trees in the USA actually reduced air pollution by 17.4 million tons in just one year. Death from poor air quality was reduced by 850 while cases of severe respiratory problems were reduced by 670,000.

2. Trees Help You With Anxiety, Stress & Depression

Japanese people practice the art of 'forest bathing' or 'shirin yoku' for relaxation and stress relief. But do trees really help you rid stress? Turns out they just might. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that those living near trees were suffering from less anxiety, stress, and depression than those who lived in a tree canopy of less than 10 percent. They also noted that a poor person living near a logging road was much happier than wealthier people dwelling in treeless areas.

3. Trees Help You Sleep Better

Research led by Prof Diana Grisby-Tousaint from the University of Illinois studied the relation between trees and sleep by analyzing data from over 250,000 Americans. It was found that those who lived in greener spaces slept better, especially people over the age of 65.

4. Trees Help You Fight Heart Disease, Obesity & Diabetes

A study published in Scientific Reports found that planting 10 or more trees in a city block, on average decreased cardiometabolic conditions which include heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Although the researchers were unable to pinpoint why trees improve health, they suggest it might have to do with improvement in air quality, stress relief, and increase in physical activity.

5. Trees Help You Recover From Illnesses Faster

No, we’re not kidding! Research found that patients at a Pennsylvania hospital recovering from gall bladder operations recovered faster when their room had a view of trees. On the contrary, it was found that those patients looking at a brick wall needed more painkillers, more encouragement, and took a longer time to recover than the lucky ones with a room full of the tree view.

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