The color you see nearly everyday—in the trees outside your house or in your daily dose of vegetables—is actually essential to your well-being. According to CNN, green, which is seen by the human eye better than any other hue in the spectrum, has amazing health benefits, from keeping you calm to helping you live longer. Below, we’ve rounded up the most surprising ways this hue can leave you feeling and performing your best!
Green is associated with the nature, so it’s no surprise that the color can help you become more aware of your environment. Noticing a change of color in leaves, fruits, and vegetables can indicate age or ripeness, and even be a warning sign of something that has gone bad. In fact, this method dates all the way back to the ancient times, when early scavengers used the backdrop of green foliage to distinguish between harmful and edible colored berries. Go figure!
Keeping you calm
Yep, that’s right. If you’re feeling stressed, simply look at the color green. Some scientists believe that because our eyes are at the peak of their perception to detect the wavelengths associated with the color green, it may have soothing properties. In other words, our eyes don’t have to strain to perceive the color, so they can relax. It could be the reason why the sedative hue appears in so many hospitals, schools, and work environments.
Helping you live longer
According to a 2016 study, environments with natural vegetation may increase your longevity. Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that of the 100,000 female participants examined, those living in or near green space had higher life expectancies and lower rates of mental illness. At the conclusion of the eight-year study, the results were as follows: Participants living near green space had a 12 percent lower death rate than those living away from green areas.
According to the study authors, green space can provide more opportunities for socializing outdoors, which is beneficial for individuals’ mental health. Additionally, they assert that green space reduces exposure to pollution, which was found to be a leading cause of respiratory-related deaths in those who did not live in greener areas.
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Who knew such a common color could be so beneficial to your health? So place some plants in your home and change up your wardrobe—it’s time to go green this summer!
Next: See the celebs who are battling serious health conditions.
Jillian Michaels Health
Jillian Michaels: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
The fitness guru and former The Biggest Loser coach has become somewhat of an ambassador for PCOS, a hormonal condition that affects the skin and menstrual cycle, after speaking out about it candidly. Because PCOS sufferers have a low chance of pregnancy, Jillian adopted a baby girl.
Lena Dunham Health
Lena Dunham: Endometriosis
The Girls star was diagnosed with endometriosis, a disease where uterus tissue grows outside the uterus, after years of chronic stomach pains. She had surgery in 2015 to treat the disorder.
"Two days after the surgery, I was better than I had been in ten years," she said. "The illness, nausea, heaviness, and fatigue were replaced by an alien absence of sensation."
Tom Hanks Health
Tom Hanks: Diabetes
In 2013, the actor revealed on _The Late Show _ that he had Type 2 diabetes.
Selena Gomez Health
Selena Gomez: Lupus
After being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, which attacks cells, the pop star canceled her 2013 tour and took a hiatus to focus on treatment.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy," she said. "That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke."
Bret Michaels Health
Bret Michaels: Heart Disease
After suffering a mini stroke in 2010, the Poison frontman has had to undergo heart surgery. He's been in and out of hospitals since.
Charlie Sheen Health
Charlie Sheen: HIV
In 2015, the actor announced on the Today show that he's HIV positive. Since then, several former sexual partners have sued Charlie, claiming the actor had put them at risk for an infection.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck Health
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Celiac Disease
The talk show host revealed she struggled with the disease, which affects the digestive system, in her book, The G Free Diet. "No matter what I ate, I would soon be doubled over with cramps, awful indigestion, diarrhea — or all of the above simultaneously," she wrote in the book.
She now follows a gluten-free diet.
Lady Gaga Health
Lady Gaga: Lupus
In 2010, Gaga told Larry King she was diagnosed with "borderline lupus."
Venus Williams Health
Venus Williams: Sjögren’s Syndrome
The tennis star had to withdraw from the US Open in 2011 after being diagnosed with the disorder, which is a disease that attacks the cells that produce saliva.
“The fatigue is hard to explain unless you have it,” Williams said. “Some mornings I feel really sick, like when you don’t get a lot of sleep or you have a flu or cold. I always have some level of tiredness. And the more I tried to push through it, the tougher it got.”
She still battles with the disease.
Halle Berry Health
Halle Berry: Diabetes
The actress was diagnosed back in 1989 after she passed out and slipped into a coma during a taping of a TV show. "They told me I might lose my eyesight, or I could lose my legs," she said. "I was scared to death. I thought I was going to die."
Kim Kardashian Health
Kim Kardashian: Psoriasis
After finding flakey, red patches on her legs in 2011, she went to a dermatologist who diagnosed her with the skin condition on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Missy Elliott Health
Missy Elliott: Graves’ Disease
After disappearing from the music world, the rapper reemerged in 2015 and blamed her absence on a rare thyroid disease. "It causes hair loss, your eyes bulge,” Elliott said. “My blood pressure was always up from just overworking.”
Thanks to medication, Missy has the condition under control.