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What are the health benefits of gardening?

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A little garden goes a long way! Did you know that growing your food can help you eat healthier? Diets rich in fruits and vegetables can:

  • lower blood pressure
  • reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • prevent some types of cancers
  • lower risk of eye and digestive problems

Beyond the harvest of healthy foods, gardening has so many benefits aside from maintaining a nutritious diet, whether it’s a flower, plants, vegetables, or fruit.

Gardening can:

  • Help your heart.  Digging, planting, and weeding burns calories, and that’s a good cardio activity for your heart.
  • Strengthens relationships.  Working together with friends or family nurtures relationships. Including children in gardening activities helps them learn healthy skills that will last them a lifetime!
  • Reduces stress.  Working in your garden can help you practice mindfulness by focusing on the tasks while bringing you closer to nature’s rewards.
  • Boost self-esteem.  After all the tilling, planting, weeding, and watering, it feels good to see and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
  • Improves Sleep. Spending time outside coupled with your hard work in the fresh air is a good way to help you fall asleep faster.
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