This article from Urbanful tells readers about the Davey Institute's new study showing how trees improve both physical and mental health.
Published: August 19, 2014
By John Benjamin
It has long been known that trees – with their soothing emerald hues and mesmeric asymmetries – afford us psychological benefits. They make us feel good. But trees may also make us better, physically better. A new study from the U.S. Forest Service and Davey Institute has shown that living near trees will improve your physical, and not just mental, health.
The root of this benefit lies in the fine particulate pollution which trees remove from the air, and which otherwise cause pulmonary inflammation, accelerated atherosclerosis and a host of other horrible conditions. These ailments especially affect those in cities, where carbon emissions and contaminants are highest. Hence, those of us living in concrete jungles are precisely the ones for whom a tree canopy could be a real lifesaver.
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