How Gardening Can Make You Healthier

How’s this for convenient: April is both National Gardening Month and National Stress Awareness Month. What better time to discuss the effects of gardening on the mind, body, and soul than the month devoted to both of them?

If you garden regularly then you know you enjoy being outdoors and that you like seeing your efforts take bloom, but there are many other reasons why you should continue cultivating your land (or taking up the hobby if you’ve never started). Here are a few of the benefits that come from going outside and getting your hands dirty:

  • Gardening freshens up the air! A 2010 report showed that air pollution from traffic leads to skin agers like wrinkles and pigment spots. Community gardens that are located in even heavy traffic help to restore needed oxygen to the air and can actually reduce air pollution. Of course, all that fresh air doesn’t protect us from UV rays, so make sure you apply the sunscreen before heading out to the garden.
  • It’s a good exercise. Raking leaves, digging up holes and yanking out weeds are great ways to get your heart pumping and increasing blood flow to the skin. This results in feelings of wellness and a natural glow to the skin.
  • It reduces your stress levels. You’ve known for some time that being outside, working in the yard is a great way to manage stress, and studies are finally backing that up. This means that your skin is clearer and your outlook is happier than non-gardeners.
  • Your nutrition is better. This is a no-brainer, studies show that gardeners eat more fruits and veggies than those who don’t grow their own food. If you’re looking to improve your health even more, try growing broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, and pumpkins. These foods are chock full of carotene and lycopene, which provides you with an increase in UV protection.
  • Natural ingredients for what ails you. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Your garden is an all-natural drugstore for many things that ail you. Cucumbers soothe puffy eyes because of the ascorbic and caffeic acid they carry. Pumpkins are full of vitamins and antioxidants, and avocadoes are filled with healthy oils and vitamins that are wonderful for the skin. Plus, let’s be honest, is there anything on Earth more delicious than a fresh avocado?

So, if you’re a gardener, now you have concrete proof as to why your hobby is one of the healthiest you could choose. If you weren’t born with a green thumb, there’s still hope. Make friends with gardeners and keep them company as they work in their yard. Not only will you benefit from the time spent outdoors cultivating friendships, you’ll probably be rewarded with fresh produce at harvest time!


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