Why Gardening Makes You Happy

Engaging in gardening can fight depression, working directly with soil improves your
mood and adds purpose to your life. Here is some healthy, positive food for thought.

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Getting your hands soiled and dirty improves your living!

Serotonin and dopamine are two important chemicals that boost our immune system
and keep us happy. They have been recognized as environmental triggers
that happen… in the garden!

According to research, getting your hands in the soil and contact with a specific soil
bacteria called Mycobacterium Vaccae triggers the release of serotonin in our brain.
Serotonin is a natural anti-depressant and also strengthens the immune system.
It is the Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression. Surprisingly, our tendency
for hygiene and safety, when using protective clothing, contradicts recent studies
on how positive dirt is for us and how avoiding it in childhood can contribute
to a spectrum of illnesses including allergies, asthma and mental disorders.

Dopamine, which helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers and regulate
emotional responses, enables us not only to see rewards but also to take action to move
toward them. Researchers found that it is released in the brain when we harvest products
from the garden. Dopamine release can be triggered by seeing a fruit or berry and smell,
as well as by the action of actually plucking the fruit.

It is the same biological process that occurs in consumer addiction or compulsive shopping
disorder. Think about it – picking what you grow on your own your own is a natural alternative
to a shopping spree!

Eating organic protects your Serotonin and Dopamine reserves

A study from 2008 discovered that glyphosate, an active ingredient in common pesticides, lowers serotonin and dopamine levels. Glyphosate residue in soil, water, plants and even cotton fabric can absorb into your skin and into our nervous and circulatory systems.

To conclude, we urge you to get busy gardening, get your hands in the soil, grow your own food and enjoy a natural peace of mind.