A little breath instead of medicine?

by Amelie E-D on Avril 21, 2015 - 12:13am

Original title: In the future, doctors may tell you take two 'doses of nature' and call in the morning

Author: Ariana Eunjeung Cha

Date of publication: April 8th, 2015

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People are stressed about life. Nothing is easy and this stress increases for everybody, especially for people that are living in big cities. Unfortunately, it is not easy for them to take life easy because they do not really have resourcing places to go and spend time with nature because the cities are developing more and more.

Studies have shown that spending time outside helps for asthma and it is more likely to improve the level of physical activity. People are living better if they take the time to go outside. There is a new trend that is very popular for therapists: the “ecotherapy”, which is simply spending time outside with the greenery and take time for ourselves. The problem is that, within the 30 coming years, 70% of people are going to live in cities, according to the World Health Organization. This situation means that the majority of people will no longer be in contact with real nature in the majority of the cases. There is always the possibility of increasing the number of “green areas” in the cities, but it will never be like the real forests because of the pollution the cities. The air is not the same. To help people, the specialists are starting to measure what is a ‘’nature dose’’ to prescribe this like a medicine. It is important that people understand the importance of spending time outside because it can be really beneficial for the health!