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Benefits of Gardening


Hey there, fellow green thumbs! As I sit here with dirt under my nails and the scent of fresh soil lingering on my skin, I can’t help but reflect on the sheer joy and satisfaction that gardening brings into my life. Yesterday, the Ancora Wellness team spent hours tending to our new garden in front of the Ancora Building, and today, I’m feeling the positive effects ripple through my mind and body. So, let’s dig into why gardening isn’t just about growing pretty flowers or crunchy veggies—it’s about cultivating a healthier, happier you. So what are the benefits of gardening?

Gardening and Mental Health

First off, let’s talk mental health. There’s something truly magical about getting your hands dirty in the garden. As I was planting and shoveling soil yesterday, I found myself completely immersed in the task at hand. The worries of the world melted away as I focused on nurturing my little patch of earth. And it turns out, science backs up this feeling of zen. Studies have shown that gardening can reduce stress, anxiety, and even symptoms of depression. It’s like therapy, but with the added bonus of fresh air and vitamin D.

Gardening and your Gut

But the benefits of gardening don’t stop there. Did you know that digging in the dirt can actually improve your gut health? It might sound strange, but it’s true! Our gut is home to trillions of microorganisms that play a crucial role in our overall health. And guess what? Gardening exposes us to a diverse array of bacteria and fungi that can help boost the diversity of our gut microbiome. So, by getting down and dirty in the garden, we’re actually strengthening our immune systems and improving our digestion. Who knew that playing in the dirt could be so good for you?

Gardening and Your Body

And let’s not forget about the physical benefits of gardening. It’s no secret that spending time outdoors and being physically active are important for our well-being. Whether I’m bending and stretching to reach those stubborn weeds or hauling bags of soil around, gardening keeps me moving and active. (We’ve already talked about some of the benefits of movement.) Plus, all that time in the sun means I’m soaking up plenty of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones and a strong immune system. So, not only am I reaping the rewards of a beautiful garden, but I’m also getting a workout without even realizing it.

Gardening and Connection

But perhaps the greatest benefit of gardening is the sense of connection it fosters—to nature, to the food we eat, and to each other. It was so nice to get to know the Ancora crew better and play in the dirt. Gardening is a wonderful way to connect with family, friends, and neighbors. (Especially when it’s time to give away zucchini.) There’s also something incredibly satisfying about watching a tiny seed sprout into a thriving plant, knowing that you played a part in its growth. And when it comes time to harvest those fruits and veggies, the sense of accomplishment is truly unmatched. Whether you’re swapping gardening tips, sharing your harvest, or simply enjoying each other’s company in the great outdoors, gardening has a way of bringing people together.

So, there you have it—gardening isn’t just a hobby, it’s a holistic approach to health and happiness. From improving mental well-being to boosting gut health and staying physically active, the benefits of gardening are truly endless. So why not roll up your sleeves, grab a shovel, and join me in the garden? Trust me, your mind, body, and soul will thank you for it. And if you’re needing help with what to do with all those veggies, or what foods would best fuel your body, reach out to our nutritionist!

Until next time, happy gardening!

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