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Not only is a home aquarium enjoyable, entertaining and a good hobby for any family member, it is also a proven benefit to your health.
Do you have a stressful life, high blood pressure, insomnia? Studies have shown that aquarium may provide significant health benefits to you. Studies go back as far as the 80’s have shown that gazing at aquarium fish reduces stress and subsequently lowers blood pressure. It’s no wonder why it is a common site to see aquariums in doctors and dentist lobbies – they have known about the stress reliving benefits for years!
The recent study by the University of Exeter Medical School showed that exposure to natural environments and highly managed settings can have calming and stress relieving effects.
Furthermore, the study found that there was an increased stress relieving and calming effect on fish, in particular tropical and marine fish. There was a strong correlation between more biodiversity (fish and aquatic plants/corals) and reduced levels of stress and blood pressure.
Reduced stress and blood pressure are great benefits, but it goes much further than that. According to the Women’s Heart Foundation, a number of aliments have been associated with with high stress levels in daily life including heart attacks, sleep disorders, and some ulcers.
Another study made by Purdue University found that display tanks of brightly colored fish may curtail disruptive behaviors and and improve eating habits of those with Alzheimer’s disease. The study also revealed that the fish tanks stimulated cognitive thoughts with Alzheimer patients.
If you are looking for a stress management activity, you might consider maintaining a home aquarium or an aquarium in your work place. Many people maintain a home aquarium as a stress management hobby. Check out our blog about setting up a saltwater tank or check out our store and shop around for supplies and equipment.