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Published on 16/07/2019 10:5 | Source: ANI

Seeing greenery reduces cravings for alcohol, cigarettes, harmful foods

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There are numerous benefits of connecting with nature. New research showed that being able to see green spaces from your home is associated with reduced cravings for alcohol, cigarettes, and harmful foods. The study published in the Journal of Health & Place is the first to demonstrate that passive exposure to nearby green space 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. Researchers say the findings add to evidence that point to the need to protect and invest in green spaces within towns and cities, in order to maximise the public health benefits they may afford. They also suggested the causality of this link needs to be investigated further. 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. Among other things, the study measured the proportion of green space in an individual's residential neighborhood, the presence of green views from their home, their access to a garden or allotment; and their frequency of use of public greenspaces. 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.