12 Health Benefits Of Gardening
Gardening has long been known to have valuable health benefits. We encourage you to shop around and buy your plants, seeds, and products from reputable local garden center.
1. Nutritious produce
Clearly, the obvious benefit of gardening is the abundance and availability of produce that exceeds comparable items found in grocery stores. More vitamins. More minerals. When done right, far superior quality than anything you can get at the average market.
2. Reduce stress by connecting with nature
Numerous studies have shown how gardening is used to treat PTSD, Alzheimer’s, substance abuse, and other mental illness. While the real benefit here could be the culmination of the other benefits, without doubt gardening helps people sleep and deal with mental issues in ways that those who don’t garden are just missing out on.
3. Increase vitamin D
Gardening in the sun, even on an overcast day, will deliver substantial quantities of vitamin D when compared to a day spent indoors with artificial light. The body will use vitamin D to build bones and restore cells.
4. Heal Faster
The additional nutrients and vitamin D also support a reduction in healing time. This is true for cuts, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, and other disease. For example, I notice that my eczema is sufficiently warded off as I toil in the garden.
5. Direct your focus to healthier food sources
As you begin focusing on your produce and the effort involved in growing them, you will learn to value each different food in new light. You will become familiar with superior produce and you will know first hand of any additional additives or modifications to the food you produce.
6. Boost confidence with a sense of accomplishment
As you grow your garden and reap the rewards, you will learn new skills and see what you are capable of producing. Doing this is sure to increase your confidence.
7. Beneficial bacteria
The mycobacterium veccae, identified as harmless and common in soil, has found to be beneficial to immune systems. This contributes to lower inflammation, aiding digestion and general reduction in the frequency of illness.
8. Exercise from physical tasks
While gardening is not always labor intensive, certain tasks require physical exertion. Carrying dirt, shoveling, tilling, plowing, and harvesting burn calories.
9. Increase social interaction
Gardening virtually forces you to experience social interaction. Gardening can involve lots of time. By engaging others for help with planting, preparing, harvesting, and sharing the vegetables and fruit, the amount of time you spend can be reduced, goals can be reached. Gardening can definitely be a family or community affair.
10. Gardening is beneficial for the environment
Gardening reduces our reliance on fossil fuels. Most grocery market items are trucked or shipped long distance. The additional fossil fuel expended to deliver the items increase carbon into the air. Despite a decrease in air quality, the carbon is described as contributing to global warming. The plants we grow instead use this carbon as food and release oxygen countering the climbing carbon dioxide.
11. Lower BMI.
Recent studies directly show a correlation between BMI and gardening. Across 2 separate studies, gardeners on average ranged from 1.8 to 2.6 lower BMI. As a function of height and weight, this equates to 10 to 30 pounds less across age and gender groups measured in the studies when compared to their non-gardening counterparts.
12. Improve mood with instant feedback gratification
You get to see what you can do in every aspect of gardening. From tilling unused ground to planting seeds and producing fruits and vegetables, you can visually tell what you have accomplished.