Just A View Of Nature Can Reduce Unhealthy Cravings, Suggests New Research

A recent report in the PNAS journal showed that growing up in nature reduces the risk of mental health problems in adulthood. Another study supports the very same by saying that a walk in nature takes stress levels down. Now a new research presents a rather surprising benefit of nature. It reveals that nature viewing can reduce unhealthy cravings.

Nature’s Link To Cravings

A new research says that merely having a view of nature can reduce unhealthy cravings. This study adds to the piles of evidence that speaks in favor of dosing on nature. The University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, conducted this research. It found that even looking at nature through your bedroom window can prove to be beneficial for health.

Snacking at odd tomes even when the body doesn’t require nutrition can add pounds. Obesity inflicts 30% of the global population and is a growing health epidemic. The findings of this study can help reduce unhealthy cravings. It can also reduce cravings for alcohol, smoking, and other unhealthy beverages and eatables.

The journal Health & Place has published this report. Leanne Martin lead author of the study said, “It has been known for some time that being outdoors in nature is linked to a person’s wellbeing. But, for there to be a similar association with cravings from simply being able to see green spaces adds a new dimension to previous research.”

This study is the first of its kind to explore this area. It can help understand how the public’s health can be improved by incorporating more of a natural environment.

Findings Of The Research

Researchers surveyed 149 participants who were in the age bracket of 21 to 65. These individuals were questioned about their exposure to nature. The survey also asked them both the frequency and severity of unhealthy cravings. They were asked about the effect that these cravings had on their emotional health as well.

Scientists also looked at the nature present in the neighborhoods of these participants. This included their access to gardens, their view of nature from their home. It also included how often they visited public green spaces. The study found that those participants who had more access to nature had less frequent and less intense cravings.

Similar benefits were noted in those who had access to a garden, public or private, and those who had 25% of green area in their home. Participants were able to enjoy these benefits of nature regardless of the amount of physical activity they got. However, more research is needed on this matter to see how green spaces can be helpful with regards to controlling cravings.

Key Takeaway

Including nature in your lifestyle can improve your health in a number of ways. Previous research shows that nature can benefit your mental wellbeing. A new research has found that it can reduce unhealthy cravings. This stands true even if you view nature through your home’s window and regardless of how much physical activity you get.