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Gardening Is Good for Your Health in Many Ways

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Research shows gardening provides a number of valuable health benefits, including stress relief, improved brain health, better nutrition, exercise and weight loss
  • Gardening counts as moderate-to-high-intensity exercise for children and adults alike, with activities such as digging being classified as high-intensity
  • People who engage in community gardening projects have considerably lower body mass index than non-gardeners, suggesting an active lifestyle indeed translates into improved weight management
  • Gardening has been shown to decrease depression severity by engaging effortless attention and interrupting rumination. Digging in the soil may affect your mental health by exposing you to beneficial microorganisms
  • Research also shows gardening can help improve cognitive function by increasing brain nerve growth factors

Modern living has driven a concrete wedge between us and the natural world, and many are starting to connect the dots, recognizing that a connection with the land is important for our well-being.

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