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Why Your Brain Needs a Garden

Gardening Tips

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  • Garden use leads to decreased levels of agitation or anxiety among dementia patients
  • Gardening is one of the most potent stress-relieving activities there is and leads to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than other activities, including reading
  • Mycobacterium vaccae, a type of bacteria commonly found in soil, has been found to “mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide”
  • The microbes help to stimulate serotonin production, helping to make you feel happier and more relaxed.
  • In one animal study, mice that ingested mycobacterium vaccae had a demonstrated reduction in anxiety and improved learning

By Dr. Mercola

Mirabel Osler, an English writer and garden designer, famously said: "There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling."

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