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Nature’s Stroke Prevention

I’m walking around a new park I’ve been wanting to check out, holding a freshly grilled steak sandwich and looking for a spot to have lunch.

Tucked away behind a tree, I notice a bench facing away from the rest of the park and towards some shrubs and a small pond.

Perfect.

There’s something about nature and greenery that speaks to the human soul.

It’s relaxing and you feel connected to the world in a way that can’t be put to words.

There’s even some evidence that hospital patients get out faster when they have a window-view into aesthetic gardens.

It makes me cringe when I compare a view like this to our modern-day cities. 

All grey and depressing.

Dozens of people mindlessly wait for the crosswalk to change so they can shuffle across the street like cattle.

Crowds lining up for overpriced coffee while glued to their flashing screens. The smell of smog and cigarettes.

None of that here.

I take a bite into my sandwich, satisfied to be away from it all.

There’s something about nature that makes everything better. 

It’s scientifically proven to improve your overall health too.

In fact, a new study shows it could even lower your risk of stroke. 

Seriously.

A study conducted by three major health departments in Barcelona has shown that people who live at least 300 yards from green spaces lower their risk of stroke by 16%. [R]

“Exposure to green spaces is generally considered to have beneficial effects through a variety of mechanisms, such as stress reduction, increased physical activity, social contact, and even exposure to an enriched microbiome,” explains head researcher, Dr. Carla Avellaneda. 

Surrounding yourself with greenery will compound in more ways than you can imagine.

So, do yourself a favor and get away from the dirty air destroying your heart and soul.

Spend more time in nature. If you can help it, live your life near green areas.

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