Researched-Based Health News: Seeing greenery linked to less intense or frequent cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and harmful foods

From Science Daily:

New research from the University of Plymouth shows that being able to see green spaces from your home is associated with reduced cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and harmful foods. The study, led by the University of Plymouth, is the first to demonstrate that passive exposure to nearby greenspace is linked to both lower frequencies and strengths of craving.

It builds on previous research suggesting exercising in nature can reduce cravings, by demonstrating the same may be true irrespective of physical activity. The study is the first to investigate the relationship between exposure to natural environments, craving for a range of appetitive substances and the experiencing of negative emotions or feelings.

The results showed that having access to a garden or allotment was associated with both lower craving strength and frequency, while residential views incorporating more than 25% greenspace evoked similar responses.

The study also measured physical activity undertaken within the same time frame that cravings were assessed, showing the reduced craving occurred irrespective of physical activity level.

Read the full Science Daily article here.

 

 

 

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