Are you living in the city? Tired of breathing in too much dust in the air? Sometimes modernization is not so good, here we will give you a new perspective on the amazing benefits of gardening. Gardening not only decorate your home & garden in beautiful style, it also has much more amazing benefits to your health. Many scientific studies have demonstrated the health benefits of gardening.
Taking care of a garden, which means not only provides a source of healthy food for the family with green vegetables & fruits, but it beautifies the home space also. It seems that regular working closer to nature, it can also help prolong our life. A number of studies conducted in 1988 showed that adapting to the habit of taking care of plants slowed down the aging process as well as brought you a good effect when treating some old age diseases.
Nowadays, scientists have introduced the concept of “gardening therapy”, which is very effective in improving overall health. This therapy focuses primarily on the benefits of being in harmony with nature to restore your physical and mental health. That’s reason why there’re a trend of British People who want to share the free time with gardening or return to the suburb for living & do garden work. Here are some of the benefits of gardening.
1. Reduce stress
Gardening directly affects on your stress condition. The peaceful sight, the scent of flowers and the close sounds of nature will dispel all stress, giving you a good night’s sleep. According to science, exposure to sunlight while gardening increases the secretion of serotonin (the natural anti-stress hormone) and melatonin (the sleep-maintaining hormone), which helps you regain balance by restoring your life with circadian rhythm of the body. Research published in 2011 in the American Journal of Medical Psychology confirmed that gardening has reduced the occurrence of some types of stress hormone in the blood, typically cortisol.
2. Improve the memory
Many medical studies have shown that regular contact with green plants is effective for amnesia. In a 2006 study published in the Australian Medical Journal, researchers analyzed 115 cases of dementia in 1,233 men (9.3%) and 170 cases in 1,572 women (10.8 %). After many analyzes, it has been concluded that gardening improves memory by up to 36%.
3. Effective exercise to burn a lot of calories
Everyone knows that exercise is good for health. Most sports require good coordination between movement and breathing. However, with the polluted urban atmosphere, your exercise is not necessarily a good thing. While gardening is seen as a moderate physical activity, the body is always in motion with various movements such as bending, lifting, pulling, standing, walking, kneeling and sitting. More importantly, this exercise is done in a clean environment with many trees with less pollution. Just get up early in the morning & start your gardening work is so wonderful.
Those who have spent hours & love for gardening will be delighted to know that gardening is considered a form of moderate intensity exercise. The benefits of gardening are really remarkable when in one hour of gardening, you can burn around 330 calories – more than the calories burned from walking at a moderate pace in the same time period.
4. Supply with clean vegetables
Gardening can bring you with green vegetables & fruits that support for your family with nutritious meals in easy way. The use of homegrown foods will help you avoid the threats posed by pesticides or preservatives in common food. It seems to be easy to prepare vegetables in your own garden for your meal other than go shopping in supermarket or local market. It saves your time
5. Boost immunity
In addition to preventing osteoporosis, Vitamin D also enhances the immune system against a number of viruses, including influenza viruses and colds. According to a 2011 study published in the journal Scientific Discovery, Vitamin D has a key role in innate and adaptive immune responses. Have you ever thought that exposure to mud during gardening is not only harmful but also beneficial for your body? In soil, there are many beneficial bacteria, typically Mycobacterium Vaccae, which help to alleviate the symptoms of asthma, psoriasis and other allergies.
6. Lose belly fat
When gardening, you need to practice skills such as digging, fertilizing, weeding, mixing soil, and sowing seeds. These activities require you to frequently change your standing, stooping, and sitting positions. In fact, you are now doing exercises similar to squats in the gym, 45-50 times in 1-2 hours of gardening. This is enough to keep your waist area slim.
7. Prevent osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a characteristic disease that causes bones to be abnormally spongy and brittle. This usually happens in urban people because of a sedentary lifestyle and less exposure to sunlight. Many people think that osteoporosis is due to lack of calcium in the diet, actually not, most of the cause of osteoporosis is due to lack of vitamin D1 – an important nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium. Vitamin D is mainly synthesized from the fat layer in the skin, under the catalytic sun’s rays. Therefore, gardening for 30 minutes – 1 hour in the morning will help you effectively prevent osteoporosis. The College of Soil and Plant Science at the University of Vermont has confirmed that, of all physical activity, gardening alone can help keep bones and muscles strong.
8. Gardening can lower blood pressure
One benefit of gardening for physical health is this: High blood pressure can be prevented and controlled, as long as you get moderate physical activity, about 30 minutes a day and maintained most days of the week. In fact, you can do a gardening (or just gather all the leaves in the garden) for 30-45 minutes is the recommended amount of time and activity.
We guarantee that gardening will be the best choice not only now, but also the future trend for you. For now, plan to find a beautiful home where you can freely do daily garden chores. It’s a new way of life that lets you enjoy your life in your own way