As we become more and more dependent on electronics and devices, it pays to take a moment to think about being outdoors more. Modern life has us nature deprived and our health suffers as a result. Both our mental health and physical health depend on getting out of the house or office.
One of the best ways to do this is to garden. There are many health benefits from having a garden that you care for. If you have the space, you should use it to grow some vegetables.
Even if you don’t have a lot of space, you can grow a lot more than you realize even on a balcony.
In this article, I will go over the many ways that a garden can improve your health.
Cleans the air
Plants absorb carbon dioxide and in return provide us with clean, pure oxygen in return. When you plant a garden you will enjoy the extra oxygen in the air around your house. Even cities are getting in on the act and planting garden walls to help cut down on pollution.
Having more oxygen helps to clean your lungs out from the pollution that you breathe in during the course of the day. It also gives you an energy boost as it helps the sugars break down in your blood. This burning of sugar is what actually provides us with energy.
The simple act of tending a garden is a natural stress reducer on its own. There are other things happening when you garden that also help reduce your stress and anxiety. If you have added an outdoor water feature then the sound of bubbling water is enough to melt the stress away.
There Is also the sound of the wind in the leaves that help to put your mind in a meditative state. And lastly, the smells of the various flowers and plants give you a sort of aromatherapy.
Keeps your weight down
There are two ways that gardening can help you keep your weight at a healthy level. First, you are burning calories while you work in the garden. And when you are lifting heavy objects and moving dirt around then your muscles are burning fat.
Secondly, you are also going to be eating more vegetables and filling yourself with fiber and many other nutrients that will help you manage your weight.
The less processed foods you eat, the healthier you will be. Processed foods are full of carbs and sugar and little nutritional content. They also spike your insulin and make you want to eat more. When you have fresh food that you’ve grown yourself then you’ll eat less processed foods.
Gives you purpose
Starting and then taking care of a garden and finally harvesting the vegetables is a good way to add some purpose to your life. The different phases of your garden’s life all have their particular needs. Seeing this process through gives you a lot of satisfaction to see the results throughout.