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Countless physical & mental health benefits of gardening!

Updated: May 4, 2021


From the nutrients in the soil, to the sunlight & exercise you're getting from gardening, the benefits for both your physical & mental health are endless!


So much so, that gardening & groundbreaking greencare programs are commonly used at rehabilitation centers, therapy centers & care facilities for people with dementia & Alzheimer's.


So, what are the health benefits?!



 

• Gardening improves your mood, increases your self-esteem & decreases your feelings of depression & anxiety.


Studies show that soil contains something called "mycobacterium vaccae", which is a nutrient that activates certain parts of your brain which produces serotonin.

Serotonin is the main hormone that stabilizes your mood, feelings of well-being & happiness. It also helps with sleeping, eating, digestion & enables communication between brain cells & other systems in your body.



 

Horticultural therapy - the practice of using plants & gardening to improve mental health has been practiced in addiction recovery programs for decades.


It's proven that plants provoke positive feelings in people recovering from addiction. When given the opportunity to participate in nature therapy or art therapy, those who chose gardening completed the rehab program at a higher rate & had a more satisfying experience.



 


• Gardening can help your body fight diseases. Your body & plants are much more alike than you think! Your skin is capable of doing something similar to photosynthesis by turning sunlight into Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for hundreds of body functions.



It helps strengthen your immune system & bones, as well as lowering your risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, etc.





 

• Gardening activities have been linked to growth in the brain's memory-related nerves. Studies show that after residents with dementia or Alzheimer's raked & planted in gardens, they had increased amounts of brain nerve growth factors associated with memory.


 


Read full articles:

Seed, Soil, and Sun: Discovering the Many Healthful Benefits of Gardening

Soil Bacteria Work In Similar Way To Antidepressants

7 Benefits of Gardening That Prove It Helps Your Mind and Body

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