Health Tip: The Benefits of Gardening

The health benefits are as abundant as the harvest

Garden vegetables

If you have thought about planting a garden, why not do it this spring? Spring is a great time to start a garden, and the health benefits are as abundant as your harvest.

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When you plant your own garden, you control what you grow. Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic, says a good place to start is by planting vegetables from the cruciferous, or cabbage, family.

“Spinach is great. Kale is another one. It’s a cruciferous vegetable,” Kirkpatrick says. “That’s in the same family as broccoli and brussels sprouts and cauliflower, also strong in cancer prevention. They’re great for us in so many ways, and easy to grow.”

Studies show that people who plant gardens eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, but the benefits don’t stop there. Gardening is an easily accessible way to stay physically activity — and a great way to relieve stress.

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Do you keep a garden? Share your favorite gardening tips in the comments below.

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