Gardening and your Health

Plants are not only good for nutritional needs but for overall health. Studies show that gardening has several health benefits including staying active and reducing stress. Not only does planting have its benefits it allows you to increase more vegetables and fruits into your diet. The best part of gardening is being able to eat plants freshly picked and enjoy their delicious flavors.

Gardening may even improve mental health by simply exposure to nature. Digging in the dirt can improve self-esteem, reduced anxiety, enhance mood, and give a feeling of connection to nature. Research also shows that those who garden are more likely to make healthier food choices.

In 2015, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend healthy adults to eat about 2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruits a day based on a 2,000 calorie diet.  Vegetables and fruits can be a healthy option to replace high calorie foods and reduce total calorie intake.  Today Americans tend not to consume the recommended amount of vegetables and fruits per day. When it comes to picking the right vegetables and fruits its best to choose a variety of types and colors.

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