7 Healthy Reasons to Garden

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Gardening is a wonderful way to feel closer to nature during the warmer months, but you don’t have to hang up the trowel when summer ends. Planting an indoor herb garden or making a seasonal window box can shift a healthy hobby into a year-round activity. Here are some of the benefits.

You’ll feel happier

While the meditative benefits of gardening alone can boost a low mood, further research suggests that regular sessions in the soil can even improve the signs of clinical depression.  Mycoacterium vaccae, a harmless bacteria commonly found in soil, has been found to increase the function of serotonin levels in the brain, which improves function and mood.

It promotes better nutrition

Home-grown produce is the freshest and healthiest food you can eat because you know exactly how it was treated and when it reached peak ripeness. Studies show that gardeners eat more fruits and vegetables than non- gardeners. Additional research shows that kids who participate in after-school gardening programs eat more fruits and vegetables and are more open to trying new foods.