How Gardening Can Increase Your Overall Health

 By: Christina Timm

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There is something to be said about getting your hands dirty in the earth and feeling the soil under your fingernails. Gardening is a way of connecting with nature right in your backyard. There is more than one reason why we garden and there are many more benefits for doing so.

 Stress Relief

 Gardening can be made into hard physical work. After a stressful day or week, gardening lets you blow off some steam. By putting your energy into your yard, you are working your muscles and releasing any built-up energy.

 Self-Esteem

 Along with hard work, there is a sense of achievement. Adding, cleaning, or rearranging plant material can increase a person’s self-esteem. Taking pride and ownership for a job well done or keeping something alive is a real mood booster.

 Mental Health – Mycobacterium vaccae

 Studies have shown that there is true evidence connecting working in the dirt with increased mental health. A common, harmless soil bacterium, Mycobacterium vaccae, has been linked to this mood booster and even linked to increasing the strength of your immune system.

 So, what are you waiting for? Get outside, start gardening and get your hands dirty!

Article Featured in the Maple Grove Magazine - Grow January 2019