Fabulous news for vegans and vegetations, you’re about to get plenty of new friends.
Research is showing that spending time with these lovely plant eating folk can actually extend your lifespan.
And if you’re a lady you are in super luck.
Research conducted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital over an eight-year study looked into a potential link between plant-based eating and nature and life expectancy. This was no small study despite it being one of the first nationwide studies to cover the connection between plants and health. Researchers looked at data from 108,630 women collected between 2000-2008 (that’s a solid data-set!).
Women who lived in the greenest surroundings were found to have mortality rates a whopping 12 percent lower than those of women who lived in plant-less homes and areas. And these women not only had a longer life expectancy but better mental health too.
The link between greenery and mortality rates is rooted in a few different components, according to the research.
Study participants who surrounded themselves with plants demonstrated lower levels of depression, increased opportunities for social engagement, higher levels of physical activity and reduced exposure to air pollution.
“We were surprised to observe such strong associations between increased exposure to greenness and lower mortality rates,” said Peter James, research associate in the Harvard Chan School Department of Epidemiology, in an interview with the T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We were even more surprised to find evidence that a large proportion of the apparent benefit from high levels of vegetation seems to be connected with improved mental health.”
“We were even more surprised to find evidence that a large proportion of the apparent benefit from high levels of vegetation seems to be connected with improved mental health.”
City living (especially Sydney at the moment with the Light Rail which saw the destruction of hundreds of ANZAC trees) is creating less nature and even less vegetation.
So, why not take matters into your own hands!
Bring that green inside and create an inside heaven – like this lady in Brooklyn, New York and has over 500 plants in her apartment (read about here article)!
Best Types Of House Plants To Buy
Whilst the study didn’t say rush out and buy specific plants, we know after reading this that you’ll want to get your green thumb on!
If you want to clean your air while extending your lifespan, here’s a guide of the best air-purifying houseplants (according to NASA).
Some of them include Boston Fern, English Ivy and the Peace Lily.
Plants are also fabulous for helping with insomnia or sleep apnea. If you’re having trouble falling asleep read our article on sleep helping plants!
So, if you’re feeling stressed (or just want to add a couple extra years onto your life) and you can’t move to the country—just go and buy a plant.
We promise you’ll love it your green friend forever.