Having a Fish Tank Can Make You Healthier

March 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Aquariums and Health

Pets not only provide us with companionship by making us feel accepted secure and happy, but they act as an anchor that helps us cope with the stresses of everyday life.

You might never think about it, but did you know that having a fish tank can actually make you healthier? If you suffer from stress, high blood pressure, insomnia or if your nerves are on edge, keeping an aquarium may be good therapy for you.

Lowered blood pressure is one way to measure the reduction in stress. Many ailments are associated with high stress in our daily lives, including heart attacks, sleep disorders and ulcers. When we watch fish swimming, we are hypnotized by their peaceful and serene nature. For a few moments, they create a calming effect in our hectic lives.

Researchers have made comparisons of the effects of hypnosis vs. watching an aquarium and the result has been that having some kind of aquarium definitely reduced blood pressure. Even watching a video of fish can have therapeutic effects.

Who can benefit

Have you ever wondered why many dental or medical offices have fish tanks in their waiting rooms? Dental patients who were subjected to hypnosis vs. an aquarium experienced the same or greater benefit from the aquarium. Other studies have shown that dental patients required less pain medication after having watched fish. In general, watching fish swim to and fro lowers the stress of waiting to be examined by any doctor.

Peaceful AquariumAquarium effects in seniors

Seniors who were provided with an aquarium filled with fish had significant blood pressure reduction. In 1999, a study showed that displaying tanks of brightly colored fish curtailed disruptive behaviors of Alzheimer patients. They also ate more, and required fewer supplements after an aquarium was placed in the dining room.

Aquarium effects in kids

Have you heard of dolphins helping children with different emotional disorders? Well, some studies also showed that watching fish in an aquarium calmed children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, ADHD.

Virtually any aquarium, from large to small, will have a benefit. A large aquarium is wonderful, but if space is limited, a mini-aquarium will do the trick.

So, besides their obvious beauty (when they are well take care of) aquarium tanks can improve your life in many other ways. So get ready. When you come home from work, or when you finally put the kids to bed... prop your feet up and watch your fish swim serenely through your aquarium, watch the plants or the coral swaying rhythmically... relax and enjoy.

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