Benefits of Gardening for Your Health

Ann Katelyn By Ann Katelyn, 18th Jan 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/dbt7hqer/
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Gardening is not just about having fresh from the fields, having luncheon with organic vegetables, but perhaps it has some less visible but sustaining benefits. It does not matter what is the size of your garden. Whether you own a small patio planter, or a backyard garden or a big plot in front of your home, every garden has its own set of benefits.

Benefits of Gardening for Your Health

Let the spring come and we will see the culinary benefits overflowing the backyards or at our kitchen gardens. Wherever you might look at the pantry, your eyes come in contact with colorful fruits, jars of fresh tomato juices, braids of freshly plucked onions and garlic, beets, potatoes, rich greens, and rutabagas which you have grown.

Gardening is not just about having fresh from the fields, having luncheon with organic vegetables, but perhaps it has some less visible but sustaining benefits. It does not matter what is the size of your garden. Whether you own a small patio planter, or a backyard garden or a big plot in front of your home, every garden has its own set of benefits.

With gardening, relaxation, fitness, fun and delicious food all connects with each other. Gardening allows the people to have a total workout of their body and mind. It gives you the opportunity reconnect with nature and your loved ones.

Gardening is a great way to spend time in nature. It increases physical exercise and improves the mental health of those who stays close to the gardens. It is not just for taste buds, people get their hands dirty, as there are many more reasons. So let us start digging!

Get stress-free
In a recent study, by a Dutch research institute asked two groups to perform a stressful task. Later one of the group did gardening for 30 minutes while other groups stayed indoors. Gardening allowed the other group to have better mood compared to those who stayed indoors. Even the results also showed that the indoor group had measurably higher cortisol compared to those who did gardening. To keep tranquil for you and your garden, the best options are buying a brush cutter or lawn mower.

Gardening helps to immune system
The soil where you plant any type of plant comes with germs and bacteria, which does not sound like something on which you want to put your hands on. However, with the exposure to the microorganisms, you can feel the increase in your immunity level. Even in a study done by the National Wildlife Federation, proves that children who stay confined inside the house would fall into major health issues such as obesity or deficiency just like the adults. So being a parent, you must indulge your kids along with you in the gardening activities to keep their health issues away.

Give a push in your hand strength and dexterity
As we start aging, lowering of dexterity and strength in our hands gradually narrows. While doing gardening with your cutter, you can keep those muscles agile. Even in various related research shows that the rehabilitating programs available in the various cities also take up gardening as a way to rebuild strength and ability for stroke patients. However, it does not mean that you will push your hands too far since gardening allows helping the patients who have suffered from stress injuries, tendonitis or carpal tunnel like diseases. Hand healthy gardening allows satisfying results and body comfort ergonomically. Alternate use of the right and the left hand further helps to maintain balance within the body.

Improve your mental health
A number of garden lovers might have said you about morning’s sweat when they dig the soil for planting lettuces and radishes. The popular practice of horticulture therapy has also shown results for patients suffering from depression and mental illness. The benefits of gardening to treat depression are associated with physical activity, awareness of the natural environment, cognitive simulation and the satisfaction of the work you do. In order to build your own therapeutic process, you need to plant a scented and flowering plants along with food producing plants to nourish all your sense. Have comfortable seats in the garden to rest after your labor. Having sweat and feeling the heat is also having hidden benefits just as you would have when you go to a sauna and ensures your well-being. To balance everything you need to intake a lot of water.

You cannot deny the nutritious benefits
When you grow your own veggies in the kitchen garden, you get to eat fresh and organic foods free from the chemicals. Gardening helps you to choose the organic fertilizers and natural pesticides available in the market. It also gives you the opportunity to harvest foods when they are at their peaks. This allows you to gather nutrients that could otherwise get lost when people pick the foods unripe to have easy shipping. Moreover, when you get the choice to grow and harvest your own fruits and vegetables, the consumption of veggies increase thereby promoting a better health and immune system.

Growing plants also give a nice view of your home along with the immense benefits that we discussed just now. So get along with gardening and keep your body and mind healthy at any age of life.

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Gardening, Health Benefits, Healthy Lifestyle

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I have dedicated most of my life in gardening. This is a subject I enjoy the most

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