I’ve spent pretty much my entire life gardening, with my hands in the soil. Gardening was a huge part of my Dad’s life, and I’m so grateful that he passed down his love of cultivation to me. Over the years, I’ve learned just about everything there is to know about gardening (though, I would hardly call myself an expert!) and the benefits of organic veggies. I’m a strong believer in the fact that gardening can actually extend your life! Keep reading to see just how.
Gardening Relieves Stress
Who wouldn’t want to live stress-free for longer? A University study says that gardening can actually release anti-stress hormones, leaving you happier with an improved state of well-being.
Exposure To Plants Boosts Immune Function
Healthy soil is full of different kinds of bacteria, but don’t let that scare you from gardening! Exposure to the good (and bad) bacteria found in soil is said to improve the immune function of adults and especially young children. Exposure to these bacterias can help build immune function against nastier germs.
Growing Organic Veggies Is Great For Your Diet
Research says that people who grow their own fruits and vegetables are more likely to stick to a healthy diet. After all, there’s nothing to look forward to when gardening if you aren’t enjoying the fruits of your labor. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals that help to keep your body functioning at optimal levels.
Some Studies Say Gardening Helps With Dementia
Because gardening helps stimulate conversational interaction and cognitive function, it’s said to help reduce side effects caused by dementia by as much as 36 percent in some patients. Even if you aren’t good at it, gardening can stir up all sort of positivity and good vibes in your brain.
Gardening Is Great Exercise
Because it is a less-intense work out, gardening could be the perfect form of exercise for you. In fact, some say that an hour of gardening (weeding, watering, hoeing, etc.) is equal to an hour spent at the gym in terms of calories burnt. Plus, seeing your plants look healthy as well as a change in yourself makes for the perfect win-win. I love the idea of gardening as exercise!
Gardening Helps Slow The Effects Of Climate Change
Whether we like it or not, climate change is said to kill thousands and severely damage our economy. Both of these things can tremendously reduce lifespan as well as the overall quality of life. Believe it or not, backyard gardens are said to help slow the effects of climate change by providing “green space” in the middle of urban jungles. Plus, if you start composting to feed your garden, you’re reducing your amount of kitchen waste, as well. Start gardening to save the planet and live longer today.