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Gardening is Good for Health and the Environment

Friday, 29 May 2015
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Safeguarding and protecting the environment has become paramount in our lives today. Those of us who have gardens have a chance to make a tremendous positive impact on the environment. Having a garden has a direct bearing on our family, society and the planet. Maintaining a garden, whether big or small is one of the ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint and give back to Mother Earth. Here’s how gardening is also good for health and the environment.

Gardening is good for health

Reduce impacts of Global Warming

Plants check the effects of global warming, as they take the carbon dioxide out of the air to make energy, thereby lessening the adverse effects that global warming could cause. Plants also keep the Earth naturally cool. It is said that if we each planted one tree every year, it would be enough to cancel out our carbon emissions. A garden also serves a habitat for many life forms and invites birds and insects reproduce and flourish.

Produces Oxygen

It is common knowledge that plants and trees, take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. Therefore plants are good for humans and animals as they prepare the oxygen that we need to breathe and survive.

Provides Free Vitamin D and Exercise

Gardening is usually done in the morning and the early morning sun is a great source of Vitamin D.  Vitamin D offers protection against heart diseases and types of cancer. So, while tending a garden you are in the sun consistently and your body naturally produces Vitamin D from sun exposure.

Gardening also gives you free exercise. When gardening, you will need to lift, plants rake and dig soil etc; these activities offer your body the exercise it needs, in a relaxing way. 

Relieves Stress

Today’s busy world is all about stress. Stress increases the risk of diseases and affects hormones. Having a positive outlet for stress is essential. Gardening is said to relive stress and provide relaxation. 

Offers a Nutritional Punch

Gardening gives you the freedom to cultivate vegetables and fruits. Needless to say, the vegetables and fruits that are produced on your land are fresh, organic and most importantly, pesticide and chemical free. The organic produce is beneficial for our health as they are sure to be packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants, unlike store-bought veggies and fruits.

Gardening is a feel-good activity. Growing your own fruits, flowers, vegetables, and herbs, in an environmentally sound way to cut down on carbon footprint, increase greenery in your surroundings and obtain food which is healthier and fresh. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy the garden, fresh organic food and ensure you have fun playing in the dirt on a regular basis.

 

Last modified on Friday, 29 May 2015 14:37

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