It is a known fact that colors have an impact on our health. We use colors to
describe our well-being. We could be 'in the pink of
health'. However, we could be 'off color'
or we may be 'feeling blue': Sometimes, you may catch us in 'a
Research has found that colors can affect how we feel emotionally. If you go to
a room that is painted just black, it can lead to depression. Experts have
warned that we should avoid decorating any room entirely in black, however much
teenagers want to, especially during the more troublesome years. A room that is
painted totally white is also depressing as white is associated with sterile
environments like hospitals and bathrooms. It can make the room feel a bit cold
and clinical, and the mood of the person will be low.
Research into the
physiological effects of color has shown our spirit is lifted by warm colors.
Red, orange and yellow are the colors that energize and exude warmth. People
just feel stimulated and better. Cool colors like blue and green are soothing
and calming. Doctors often use these colors to relieve tension and stress. Blue,
for instance, is associated with tranquil surroundings. Blue light is used for a
calming effect in some mental hospitals. Other hospitals are now using soft
green, blue, peach and sunny yellow on walls and even sheets and gowns. These
colors seem to help patients to get well quicker.
Nutritionists and medical researchers have emphasized that we should imbibe
`a rainbow of colors, that is to include all colors of fruits and vegetables in
our diet to stay healthy. We should consume fruits and vegetables of five
different colors in each meal. This is why we are encouraged to take green
vegetables, tomatoes, pumpkins. The stronger the colors of the fruits or
vegetables, the more power-packed they are with natural anti-cancer nutrients
and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals occur as color pigments in fruits and
vegetables. They contain antioxidants to help slow the aging process and reduce
the risk of many diseases. So, take your strawberries and bananas. They are
excellent for our health.
So, don't wait. Look at your room and the clothes you wear and the food you eat.
Are they the right colors?