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What Are The Health Benefits Of Gardening

Google has put up a nice picture for the Earth day. Surely you would have seen it. I read about this amazing woman named Deena Motiwalla, who turned her villa in the desert into a green oasis. She has pots of roses in red, white and pink; multicolored geraniums, violas and a variety of flowering cacti. An English teacher started a small desert school garden which grew tomatoes, lettuce, green beans, basil, parsley, mint, coriander, okra and chilies. And they started supplying to the school canteen. Now just stop and say Wow!

Wondering why Swarnam writes all the names of plants she knows? A recent study found that community gardens produce more than veggies. They enhance the health of the people by lowering their body mass index and lower the odds of being overweight or obese. The term community gardens is more popular in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is a large land where the community comes to garden. I hope this trend catches up in other cities, so that people can have more time with nature.

A research paper points out that when an unsightly plot is transformed into a beautiful garden, it increases biodiversity of that place. It attracts beneficial soil microorganisms, insects, birds etc and as a result urban green spaces can play a role in species preservation. The community gardens can reduce soil erosion, ground water contamination and air pollution. The soil in the wasteland can become a public health hazard by dumping dangerous substances. On the other hand if it is nurtured it becomes a safe place that provides nourishment, aesthetic pleasure and result in a healthy environment.

Another study says that gardening reduces the risk of obesity, coronary heart disease, glycemic control and diabetes. It has been found that moderate amount of gardening increases muscle strength. It is suitable for pregnant women and cancer survivors. When sunlight exposure becomes less it can lead to increase in blood cholesterol but gardening in summer months was associated with lower blood cholesterol rates. Gardening increases immunity and healing responses. People who garden have felt an increase in satisfaction, pride, self confidence, personal satisfaction and efficiency. So why not do a bit of gardening which will be a huge help to Mother Nature and to you.

Take care,

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