Gardening benefits the gardener nutritionally, since those who make the time and have the energy and patience to grow food tend to eat that food. Mother Nature’s buffet offers no junk. To know a gardener who sells from their outdoor aisles or shares the excess from crowded rows benefits the rest of us. The less time from harvest possible and the least distance from the dirt feasible, the greater the health benefits for all of us.
Did you know, though, that a gardener benefits in ways unrelated to all those vitamins and minerals in that outdoor buffet? Being out in the fresh air and sunshine is a definite mood lifter. Communing with the Creator with hands in the dirt clears the mind, if only briefly, of worries and fears, thus offering a medication-free option to manage depression. Gardening can be a great stress-reducer.
There are obvious physical benefits from all that digging, bending, stretching and lifting, helping to increase or maintain strength and agility. Movement is a motivator and benefits the body as well as the brain.
Even so, reading that those who garden regularly have a reduced risk of developing dementia