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Ground Yourself By Gardening

3 Reasons to Go Green

My first memories in the garden involve finding caterpillars and making little habitats for them in mason jars. Or, digging worms out of the ground and watching them wriggle around, fascinated that they could move through the soil without limbs. As I got older, I really started to love the process of culling the weeds, freshening the soil, planting new life and watching plants grow from seedlings. It wasn’t until I studied Holistic Nutrition that I realized that I was “grounding” myself and practicing mindfulness from a young age! Gardening has many benefits to our health; it is one of the easiest ways to interact with nature, get nourishment and one of the best ways to remind ourselves to slow down and be more mindful.   

 

Grounding

From an energetic grounding perspective, putting your bare hands and feet in the soil can have a very positive effect on your body. The Earth offers a “continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons” which can help to neutralize the free radicals in our bodies [1]. Free radicals are unstable atoms that steal electrons from their surroundings to become more stable, i.e. to maintain function. In our bodies, free radicals steal from the atoms of our cells, which can cause them to be unstable and die. Free radicals come from a variety of sources, including toxicants from our environments and food supply, such as pesticides. Getting dirty won’t completely clear you of free radicals, but it can help reduce them!

 

Quality of Life

Gardening is also referred to as “horticultural therapy” by some practitioners, because of its ability to improve a person’s outlook on life and promote inner peace. It has been prescribed for a variety of conditions from depression to eating disorders. Research has found gardening can improve life satisfaction and quality of life. This isn’t surprising because being outside offers a mood and immune-boosting dose of vitamin D from the sun as well as fresh air. Plus, the visually appealing bright colourful blooms from seasonal flowers and enjoying the fruits (and veggies) of your labour is the added bonus. Picked-fresh produce is the most nutritious and best-tasting!

 

Community-building

Gardening gives you the chance to engage with your neighbours and passers-by. If you’ve ever grown cherry tomatoes, you know that you’re forced to give them away because they grow so abundantly! Sharing your harvest with your neighbours and friends is almost necessary to avoid waste, and can create a lovely bond over shared food. You also tend to appreciate your food more and create a deeper connection with it since you’ve watched it grow from seed to harvest.

 

Check out Urban Harvest for non-GMO seeds, Sosnicki’s Farm for seedlings and Evergreen Brickworks for gardening supplies, in Toronto, ON.


 

[1] Chevalier, Gaétan et al. “Earthing: health implications of reconnecting the human body to the Earth's surface electrons” Journal of environmental and public health vol. 2012 (2012): 291541.

 

Megan Horsley is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist , Blog Writer and Recipe Developer. Megan is passionate about helping her clients discover their best selves with a holistic approach to their wellbeing. Find Megan on social media @megan_rhn and visit her website for information on nutrition services, recipes, and more: www.meganhorsleynutrition.com