Gardening for your Mental Health

Gardening

Feeling depressed? Have I got a cure for you!

A study done at Bristol University and University College London found that soil can boost your mood giving you another good reason to get outside and grow some fresh fruits and vegetables!

Soil contains the bacterium Mycobacterium vaccae which is a good bacteria that causes increased release of Serotonin. The hypothalamus is responsible for your mood and requires a lot of serotonin. Gardening gives you contact with this bacteria and boosts your mood! Have you ever met an unhappy gardener? Honestly, I haven’t!

The same process also improves your immune system which proves, once again, that stress and anxiety are closely tied to your immune system.

So what better reason do you need to go play in the dirt?