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How Good is Gardening for Your Health

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Welcome to the Age of Technology, where information is the new currency that controls the majority of our lives. Rather than making life on this planet, most will agree that technology has made life a bit more difficult, and a heck of a lot more stressful. If this about sums it up for you, then don’t feel bad; you are not alone! A recent study conducted by the University of Gothenberg, located in Sweden, provides significant data that indicates young adults 18-24, who spend a great deal of time tied to their smartphones, exhibit more mental health conditions than those in older peer groups with less internet influence in their lives.

If you have children, or family members that fall into this age range and category, then there are things you can do to help improve this situation. Recent studies suggest that unplugging for a period of time and getting back in touch with nature, will have positive effects on overall health. While getting in touch with nature is one recommendation, gardening is another that continues to gain recognition and momentum as a treatment for several mental health conditions. Gardening lowers stress levels, burns calories, and generally makes a person happier.

Gardening & Immune System Support:

Gardening can improve the immune system by increasing exposure to sunshine, which in turn results in getting more Vitamin D, which is essential for calcium absorption. So, the act of gardening itself will strengthen and support the immune system, as well as improve and maintain bone strength.

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Gardening & Physical Fitness:

As mentioned earlier, gardening burns calories, but were you aware that it is considered such a high intensity workout that you can get rid of 330 calories each hour, even if all you are doing is light activities around the garden, or in the yard.

Gardening & Blood Pressure Reduction:

Gardening is a recommended activity, for reducing blood pressure, by the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, which suggests adopting a minimum 30-minute gardening routine to actively reduce blood pressure levels.

Gardening & Stress Reduction:

Recent research has resulted in therapeutic horticulture programs, which are specifically designed to encourage stress reduction in patients suffering from it. Gardening has also been shown to improve the mental health and attitude of those who suffer from anxiety.

Gardening & Increased Happiness:

A study conducted by Evolutionary Psychology, consisting of female participants presented with floral arrangements, had remarkable results. When the participants were given gifts of flowers, they all smiled. Three days later, these same women still exhibited a positive attitude from receiving the flowers.

Gardening & Libido:

Believe it or not, research suggests that men who actively participate in a 30-minute gardening regimen, one day a week, actually perform better in the bedroom than their urban counterparts. In fact, the studies indicate that men who do their own yardwork, or who garden more frequently than one day a week, improve their bedroom performance expectations by as much as 33{693caeddec125ac0dffc6900ebb304e7b3460b245f839692e81e846f79eb42e4}.

Gardening & Reduced Risk of Osteoporosis:

Osteoporosis is an illness that reduces bone density and strength. The activities associated with gardening, such as stretching, tugging, pushing and pulling, all improve overall strength, which will help defend against getting Osteoporosis.

Gardening & Reduced Risk of Heart Conditions:

A study conducted in Stockholm, Sweden discovered that elderly people above the age of 60, who actively participate in gardening, experience a 30{693caeddec125ac0dffc6900ebb304e7b3460b245f839692e81e846f79eb42e4} reduction in contracting a heart condition, such as heart disease, stroke, or a heart attack.

Gardening & Reduced Depression:

Gardening activities provide a mixture of stimulants that help combat depression. The physical exercise involved with gardening releases endorphins in the brain, which increase happiness and improves mood. As mentioned above, gardening also reduces stress levels. All of these activities will ease and comfort the mind as well.



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