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Gardening Can Improve Your Health And Happiness

By Tom Herrin

What are your hobbies?  Do you paint, build things, collect things, or what?  There are plenty of things out there to do, but finding the one that fits you is the catch.  A hobby should be something that complements your work in that it creates a break or change of pace.  It also should help to improve your health whenever possible.  Obviously no one needs any kind of hobby that increases the stress they are already experiencing.  If you haven’t already tried it, gardening can provide a great way to relieve stress and do something that can connect you with your environment.  

It Can Improve Your Heart And Blood Sugar

Working in a garden can do those things that you really strive for.  It can lower your stress level which, in turn, reduces blood sugar, body fat, and promotes better eating habits by the sheer nature of what you are doing.  If you grow food, you really enjoy eating it.  That sense of accomplishment is great when you are producing something that can provide the basic necessities of life.  Watching the growing process can give you a new feeling of self-worth.

It Can Improve Your Outlook

When you are engaged in such a worthwhile activity as gardening, you will gain satisfaction by seeing your role in the outdoors.  You will find yourself looking at life around you with a new enthusiasm.  If you are growing flowers or a beautiful landscape, that aesthetic effect can help you to see more of the simple beauty of life.  An attractive display of foods you have grown can have a similar effect.

It May Stave Off Dementia

Using your productivity and personal initiative seem to have a positive effect on your mental abilities.  Some studies have shown that those actively involved in gardening may have far less instances of dementia.  Possibly tied with that is the fact that active gardeners tend to sleep better.  This may be a combination of steady work and the satisfaction and low stress that goes with it.  Less sleep has been linked to dementia in some cases.  You are never really limited on space.  You can garden in anything from cans or milk cartons to an entire yard.  If you want to try something that can improve your health and make you happy, try your hand at gardening.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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