Motivational Monday-Five Ways Gardening Helps Reduce Inflammation
This week is “National Gardening Week”!
National Gardening Week is a celebration of gardening and green spaces that takes place during the first week of June each year. It encourages people to get out in nature, explore gardening activities, and appreciate the benefits of gardening.
Did you know Gardening and getting out in nature decreases inflammation?
That’s right! Gardening offers several potential benefits for reducing inflammation in the body.
Here are five ways gardening can reduce inflammation:
Stress Reduction: Engaging in gardening activities, such as planting, weeding, or tending to plants, can help reduce stress levels. Chronic stress can contribute to inflammation in the body. By spending time in nature, connecting with the soil, and enjoying the calming effects of gardening, individuals may experience a decrease in stress hormones and a subsequent reduction in inflammation.
Physical Activity: Gardening involves various physical movements, including bending, stretching, lifting, and walking. Regular physical activity has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Engaging in moderate-intensity gardening tasks can improve circulation, promote joint flexibility, and enhance overall physical well-being, and potentially reduce inflammation.
Exposure to Nature: The sights, sounds, and smells of nature can have a soothing effect on the body and mind. Additionally, exposure to sunlight during gardening activities can boost vitamin D levels, which may help regulate the immune system and can contribute to reducing inflammation.
Connection with Creation: Gardening involves nurturing and caring for plants, which can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and connects us with the Creator in His work of creation. Research suggests that interacting with plants and being in their presence may have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Plant compounds, such as essential oils or phytoncides released by certain plants, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and may positively impact the immune system.
Healthy Food Choices: Gardening provides an opportunity to grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Consuming a diet rich in plant-based, whole foods has been linked to reduced inflammation. By growing and consuming fresh produce from your garden, you can enhance your intake of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which play a vital role in reducing inflammation and supporting overall health.
Incorporating gardening into a holistic lifestyle can contribute to a reduction in inflammation and overall well-being. It also can give great rewards of tasty foods. Marty and I just shared what may be our last strawberry from our garden this year: Delicious, high in vitamin C, great for lowering inflammation!
Whether you have a small backyard, a balcony, access to a community garden, or a garden plot, this week is a great opportunity to connect with nature, explore the wonders of gardening, cultivate a deeper appreciation for the beauty and benefits of plants, and lower inflammation!
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