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February 23, 2021

3 Ways a Garden can Increase Your Health

Christian Huhn

As the pandemic has gripped our country and social distancing has become the new norm, people have turned to other hobbies around their home, such as gardening.While it is a great outside activity for a pandemic, there are subtle ways gardening can have a positive impact on your health. Here at ToDoolie, we want you to know how gardening can have a positive influence on the body.

1. Outdoor gardening can help improve your ability to fight diseases

The sun is more than just food for the plants, your skin needs the sun just as much! The sunlight helps your skin make an essential nutrient, vitamin D.According to a study done in the National Center for Biotechnology, researchers estimate that 30 mins in the sun can produce about 8,000 to 50,000international units of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that is used to boost your immune system and create strengthen bones. It is important to keep in mind that too much sun can lead to sunburns and eventually can increase your risk of skin cancer, however it is clear that a little sun is part of living a healthy lifestyle. 

 

2. Gardening can be key to helping you sleep better and lead an active lifestyle

Many people don’t realize it but, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does list gardening as exercise. Activities such as raking and cutting grass is considered “light” exercise, while more intensive activities such as shoveling and digging can be classified as “vigorous”. According to a study done at theUniversity of Penn. researchers found that people who garden are more likely to get 7 hours of sleep a night than those who don’t garden. Overall, consistent outdoor work in your garden activates all the key muscle groups and improves your quality of your life. 

 

3. Gardening can improve your memory

While it is agreed that consistent exercise can help your cognitive brain function, it is yet to be concluded that gardening specifically improves your memory.However, new studies have suggested that gardening activities can kickstart growth in memory-related processes. Researchers in South Korea gave 20 mins of gardening activities to dementia patients and noticed over time that there were increased amounts of brain nerve stimulation around memory.


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