Gardening, is often considered to be a hobby that lowers grocery bills or increases a home’s curb appeal.But gardening also offers health, mood, community benefits, and more.It clearly has some tremendous health benefits, however, it can also lead to aches and pains for many older Americans who choose to garden. Although It is not a contact sport, gardening can cause lingering pain.
What are the health benefits of Gardening?
1- Gardening Keeps You Active
Gardening is great for keeping you active. With movements such as watering plants, puling weeds, lifting mulch, and raking – you are working your entire body without thinking it is “traditional exercise”. According to a study by Kansas State University (https://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/feb09/gardening20309.html), spending the day mixing soil, filling pots, and watering plans will not only actively strengthen the hands and arms of gardeners, but also enhances sleep quality and physicial fitness!
2- Backyard Produce Encourages A Healthier Diet
While gardening is a great way to stay active, studies also show there is a better chance you will have a healthier diet as well when you spend time in your garden. According to Alaimo et al. (2008), gardeners consumed more fruit and vegetables on average compared to non-gardeners. Additionally, the study found households who participated in community gardening are 3.5 times more likely to consume the recommended serving of daily fruits and vegetables.
3- Outdoor Tasks Improve Your Mind and Immune System
One of the lesser known benefits of gardening is the positive impact it can have on the brain. Growing Health explains that by keeping the mind occupied and providing a sense of accomplishment, gardening boosts your mental health (https://www.sustainweb.org/secure/GrowingHealth_BenefitsReport.pdf). Even further, by being exposed to sunlight, gardening has demonstrated a boost the immune system and mood through Vitamin D.
Did you know that there is even a natural antidepressant in soil? Well, there is. Mycobacterium vaccae is a naturally occurring bacteria that has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons in the brain that drugs like Prozac provide. This bacterium is found in soil and is thought to stimulate serotonin production which can make you more relaxed and happier.
4- A Garden is a Therapeutic Environment
Studies collected by Growing Health (https://www.sustainweb.org/growinghealth/) also find that surrounding yourself in a natural environment reduces stress, provides relaxation, and can even improve healing processes. In fact, many hospitals across the US and UK consider therapy gardens an important part of a healing process or lowering blood pressure and stress. According to the Scientific American, just three to five minutes spent looking at a garden reduces anger, anxiety, and pain, causing relaxation and a more peaceful state of mind.
How can CBD help with my gardening aches and pains?
Many people successfully use CBD (premium hemp oil) to reduce aches and pains caused by gardening activities.
CBD can be taken either orally or topically, however, many people prefer a topical CBD product for muscle aches and pains.This way the CBD is administered directly where the pain is located.One popular CBD topical is the Topical Pain CBD Patch.You can see it here. Many find it to be a clean, effective way to administer CBD to areas where you are having aches and pains from gardening.
Get outside and enjoy!
Now that you know the facts, get out and enjoy the health benefits of gardening!