Reasons to Start Gardening

The healthy benefits of having a green thumb

From the LifeMinute.TV Team

April 14, 2021

Besides beautiful flowers and delicious veggies – the benefits of gardening extend to your health. In honor of National Gardening Day on April 14, here are some of them. 

A Good Source of Vitamin D 
Spending even a short time in the sun can provide the body with all of the vitamin D it needs for the day. Vitamin D is known to strengthen your immune system and even help lower your risk of different types of cancer.

Good Exercise
That’s right, gardening is actually considered exercise. The physical activity needed to dig, plant, carry soil and keep up with garden maintenance helps burn calories and improve physical strength.

Keeps Memory Sharp
Many studies have linked gardening to improvement in memory by increasing amounts of brain nerve growth factors. Horticultural therapy may even be an effective treatment for people with dementia.

Fights Addiction
Gardening is included in many addiction rehabilitation programs as a natural therapy to provoke positive feelings and self-esteem. It’s been shown to help those complete rehab programs at a higher rate than those who chose art.

Creates Bonds
Gardening is a great way to bond with friends and family or even become active in a community.

Promotes Healthier Eating
Growing your own organic plant-based produce, free from pesticides inspires healthier eating.

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