Did you know that green space is **scientifically** good for your brain?? In a recent episode of the @hiddenbrain podcast, physiologist Ming Kuo talks about how having more greenery in our everyday lives can have positive influences on our mental and physical health.
One study Kuo talks about in the episode compares pharmacy prescriptions in different neighborhoods of London with similar socioeconomic bases but different levels of greenery. Turns out, the neighborhoods with more greenery have less mood-related prescriptions like anti-anxiety and anti-depressants.
In another study mentioned in the podcast, Kuo talks about how a three day weekend in a forest preserve will boost your body's natural killer cells (hello, immune boost!) by 50%, whereas a three day weekend in a nice urban area doesn't do anything for them at all.
Now you've got a great excuse to up that patio redecorating budget! Follow the link in our bio to listen to the episode yourself, read through the show notes or take a look at the research yourself!