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Top Gardening Tips to Build Better Health

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked


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  • Growing your own food has many rewards, including providing you with fresher, uncontaminated produce, cutting your grocery bill, increasing your sense of well-being and slashing your risk of depression
  • Research shows gardening is the most common hobby among centenarians around the world, suggesting the benefits it provides may help maximize your longevity as well
  • Gardening fulfills several healthy lifestyle criteria, including sun exposure, a supply of fresh, uncontaminated food, exposure to beneficial soil microbes, physical activity, social contact, stress relief, life purpose and life satisfaction
  • To grow nutrient-dense food you need healthy soil. The five basic principles to growing topsoil and building a healthy soil ecosystem in your garden include avoiding disturbing the soil microbiome, protecting the soil’s surface, plant diversification, maintaining living roots as long as possible and incorporating plants that attract beneficial insects
  • One of the simplest and most inexpensive gardening alternatives is to grow your own sprouts, which are also among the most nutrient-dense foods available

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