Get Out and Garden, It’s Good for your Health!

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Those that call themselves gardeners or spend time working on their yards regularly, already know that gardening is good for your health. Whether it is the hard work, time in the sun, or fresh air that makes them feel great, they continue to do it because it relaxes them. One of the obvious health benefits you get from spending time in the garden is the vitamin D you absorb from the sun. After spending your weekdays indoors working, your body is most likely starving for some vitamin D. It is an important vitamin that can help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, as well as heart disease. Gardening also requires a certain amount of physical activity that can help reduce stress and improve health. Even if you aren’t doing any heavy lifting or digging, just think about all of the muscles you are using when you weed. And we all know how often you have to weed! Another added benefit you get from gardening is playing in the dirt. It isn’t just for kids. Playing in the dirt can actually help you get minerals, bacteria and micro-organisms that you may otherwise be missing out on. You can get these benefits first when gardening and second when you consume the freshly grown fruits and vegetables from your garden. The list of benefits keeps growing, from helping those with depression to feeding your family nutrition filled food. If you haven’t given it a try, get outside and garden this weekend. It may be the health answer you are looking for.

Did you know that gardening can be very good for your health? Aside from the natural Vitamin D that you likely think of when enjoying outdoor gardening, there are other vitamins you gain when participating in gardening activities which can diminish your stress levels and help you live a longer, healthier life.

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