Friday, April 14, 2017

Top 10 health benefits of gardening

I love to garden. I can spend hours and hours digging, planting, weed pulling and mulching. I plant in the ground, in raised beds, in large outside containers and small windowsill planters. I grow everything from herbs and vegetables to fruits and flowers. Not only does gardening fill my kitchen with loads of fresh produce but it has other benefits too! There are lots of health benefits of gardening from less stress to better sleep. Spending time in your garden may be just what the doctor ordered...


health benefits of gardening

Stress relief: physical activity is known to help diminish stress and ripping out weeds can go a long way towards making your problems feel smaller.

Sense of accomplishment & improved self esteem: between making your outdoor space pretty, putting food on the table and cutting your grocery bill gardening can give you a great feeling of accomplishment which boosts mood and self esteem.

Improved sleep quality: of course any physical activity will tire you out and help you to sleep more soundly, but gardening can also reduce stress and anxiety both of which can keep you up at night.

Exercise: for many people it's easier to exercise when they see a reward. Gardening provides both the reward and the exercise. This study shows that gardening can cut the risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 30%! 

Vitamin D: the sun provides vitamin D and as long as you apply sunscreen so you don't get burned, soaking up the sun is good for you.

Improved nutrition: food grown in your own backyard is the freshest food you can eat! Bonus points if you manage to grow it without pesticides.

Less picky kids: kids that help grow foods are more likely to eat them, especially if you let them pick something cool and different to grow like cucamelons! 

Boost immunity: exposure to the soil bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae which is common in garden soil may bolster your immune system. According to this study it may even act as a natural antidepressant! This is one of the 'good guys' in the bacteria world and is absorbed through inhalation or even ingestion of garden produce (yes, even if you wash it!)

Earthing: have you ever heard of earthing? It's the practice of coming in contact with the earth through walking barefoot, getting your hands in the dirt or even just laying on the grass. From this article by Dr Mercola:

Your immune system functions optimally when your body has an adequate supply of electrons, which are easily and naturally obtained by barefoot contact with the Earth....
...Living in direct contact with the earth grounds your body, inducing favorable physiological and electrophysiological changes that promote optimum health.

Ever notice how you feel relaxed when sitting in the sand at the beach, or when sitting on the grass watching the kids play? According to earthing studies, it's the contact with the earth that relaxes you. Interesting, right?

With all these benefits of gardening, it's no wonder I feel so much better in summer when my garden is in full swing!

~L

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9 comments:

  1. I love gardening too. I get so excited when I see the seedlings making their way out of the dirt. I shared this. Saw your post linked at Awesome Life Friday #108. If you enjoy link parties, I have one going on right now, would love to have you party with us: http://grammysgrid.com/wednesday-aim-link-party-12/

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  2. I had no idea that gardening could do so much good to one person. Lucky us that we love it, and we have the possibility to do it :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing! #DIDI
    I'm so excited to start gardening soon. I've started saving my coffee ground for fertilizing, which I have never tried before.

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  4. Gardening is so great! Can't wait to start this year!

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  5. My dad started my love of gardening when I was young. I agree with you - it is such a relaxing and rewarding activity!

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  6. Thank you Lisa for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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  7. I love gardening too and I am starting my boys early (they are 3 and 1) in the garden. And it does feel great to plant something and see it grow! Thanks for sharing with #wastelesswednesday

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  8. Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW DIY party

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  9. It's so interesting to me that digging in the dirt can be an antidepressant! Guess I'd better take the gloves off next time .Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

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