The Joys of Gardening
It is a well known fact that the best way to enjoy and consume our nutrition is to eat organic. We also know that to eat organically is very expensive, one way to get around this cost is to plant a garden if we have the means to do so. This may or may not be ideal in your situation and climate but in this blog I will explain the benefits in having fresh fruit and veggies. This will benefit your health long term and we can be educated about the joys of gardening.
When I was a child we had nothing but fresh fruit and veggies from the farm we had the time we had the space and we were educated enough to realize what we can grow and eat in our climate. One thing I also notice was that we all had good health had an abundance of energy. As our family grew older we noticed that the time we had for gardening had diminished and so was our vitality and energy. We started buying more and more items for the supermarket and we were forced to eat fruits and veggies that were not fresh and had been infested with pesticides and other GMO items.
I wanted to change this trend and started implementing buy fresh organic veggies and planted a garden in the summer time. We noticed an improvements in our wellness and energy our overall health was getting better but why was this?
Chlorophyll. If you include organic salad greens in your salad, you will get a lot of chlorophyll in your diet and reap the benefits the fiber and hydrating nature of vegetables will help keep our plumbing working nicely. Organic plant foods are loaded with antioxidants and can help protect us from free radicals raw organic fruits and vegetables are rich in enzyme they are alkaline.
Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, and/or cholesterol.)
Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney beans.
Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as vegetables help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.
Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections.
Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.
Other Health benefits
Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet and may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
This review of the scientific literature set out to demonstrate the strength of evidence for the benefits of gardening and food growing for physical and mental health and well being.
It shows that: ..to improve physical health, regular involvement in gardening or community food growing projects, or formal horticultural therapy, can: Increase overall levels of physical activity and fitness, burn more calories and hence contribute to healthy weight management and reducing the risk of obesity.
Increase healthy fruit and vegetable consumption, for adults that grow food, and among school children participating in food growing activities at school as well as improving young people’s attitudes to healthy eating. Reduce physical pain, and help with rehabilitation or recovery from surgery or other medical interventions. Help people cope with physically challenging circumstances, such as intensive cancer treatment or learning how to live with chronic conditions such as asthma or severe allergies.
…to improve mental health, for people with acute or persistent mental health problems, or especially difficult personal circumstances, regular involvement in gardening or community food growing projects, or formal horticultural therapy, can:
Contribute to improved social interactions and community cohesion.
Reduce the occurrence of episodes of stress, and the severity of stress and associated depression.
Reduce reliance on medication, self harming behavior, and visits to psychiatric services, whilst also improving alertness, cognitive abilities and social skills.
Alleviate symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, such as agitation and aggressive behavior, which can in turn improve circumstances for carers.
Provide productive manual activity and beneficial social interaction for people tackling drug and alcohol dependency.
Help people manage the distress associated with mentally challenging circumstances, suchas making the end of life more peaceful, sociable and enjoyable for hospice patients.
Some notes and content have been contributed by http://www.farmtocafeteriacanada.ca as well as https://www.choosemyplate.gov
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