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Why Gardening is so Good for You

May 22, 2022
Written by
Team NutriSense
Yumna Farooq

When was the last time you spent time outdoors, soaking up some sun, breathing in the fresh air? If you can’t remember, maybe it’s time you did. There are so many benefits: you can get more of the sunshine vitamin and boost cognitive function. Older adults can reduce their risk of dementia and other physical and mental ailments.

And as research suggests, spending time outdoors can lower stress levels, boost serotonin, and have many other positive effects on your mental health.

One of the best ways to get all the mental and physical benefits of nature in your own backyard (or in a community garden, but more on that later) is by flexing your green thumb. Cultivating your own green space with a little gardening is a relaxing and fun hobby, but it’s also so much more than that.

Gardening Is a NEAT Workout

Gardening is a low to moderate-intensity physical activity that will help you stay more active. It’s often considered a Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) activity.

As you’ll learn in this article, NEAT is a term used to describe the number of calories you burn through daily physical activity outside of a formal exercise regime. It can account for up to 15 to 30 percent of your daily calorie expenditure.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the physical activity from gardening can help you burn between 165 and 330 calories per hour.

Read on to find out more about the effects gardening has on your mental and physical health, how it affects blood glucose and diabetes, and much more.

The Metabolic Health Benefits of Gardening

Currently, the global prevalence of diabetes is estimated to be over 460 million and is projected to reach 578 million by 2030. And metabolic syndrome, a condition that involves insulin resistance and hypertension, is three times more common than diabetes.

It means that over a billion people have been diagnosed with this syndrome. Metabolic syndrome and diabetes are interconnected—up to 80 percent of people with diabetes also have metabolic syndrome, affecting overall wellbeing and making managing the condition more challenging. 

The good news is that health care professionals are paying attention. These statistics have encouraged an increasing focus on preventive measures, which may reduce metabolic dysfunction. 

One of these preventive measures is encouraging people to try their hands at gardening. A growing body of research shows gardening activities can effectively balance blood glucose (or blood sugar), reduce the risk of heart diseases, and improve overall wellbeing.

Why Metabolic Syndrome is Growing at Such a Rapid Pace 

We know cases of metabolic dysfunction and diabetes are rising, but you may be wondering why this is. Over the last couple of centuries, humans have shifted from a hunter-gatherer-like lifestyle into a more sedentary one. 

The shifts that have contributed to the growing prevalence of metabolic disorders (such as diabetes) include: 

  • Urban communities and cities usually mean people will have limited access to nature (they are called “concrete jungles” for a reason). 
  • Sedentary lifestyles can reduce insulin sensitivity and encourage the body to store glucose (fuel for the body) as adipose tissue or fat.  
  • Pollution can create physiological stress by increasing harmful molecules called reactive oxygen species within the body.
  • Increased stress from a busy lifestyle increases cortisol production, which, over time, can lead to elevated blood glucose or blood sugar levels. 
  • Increased consumption of processed and nutrient-poor foods can also create physiological stress in the body and increase glucose levels. 
  • Decreased consumption of whole foods (such as whole fruits, vegetables, and protein sources) reduces the amount of blood sugar balancing and heart-healthy foods you consume.

By targeting each reason, gardening brings individuals closer to achieving their health goals and helping them thrive. 

How Gardening Improves Metabolic Health 

Gardening is more than an enjoyable activity. Sure, it helps you get fresh air, boosts physical health, and can leave you with delicious fresh produce if you set up your own vegetable garden. 

But research has shown that gardening also has a long-lasting, positive impact on a variety of chronic conditions (also termed lifestyle diseases), such as: 

There are various ways in which gardening can improve these conditions and promote better health. Read on to find out about just a few.

Gardening Can Impact Blood Sugar Levels 

Gardening is similar to earthing or grounding in that the human body makes direct contact with the earth or soil either by walking barefoot, sitting, or working connected to it. 

Gardening may help reduce the risk of diabetes, improve glucose regulation, and help manage type 2 diabetes simply by allowing an opportunity for an individual to make direct contact with the earth. 

One study found that direct contact with the earth, nature, and soil improved fasting glucose levels in individuals with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. This may be because gardening helps reduce stress and allows people to get more exercise in, both of which can positively impact insulin sensitivity. 

Another study investigating the benefits of gardening in the Navajo Nation found that community gardens played an essential role in reducing type 2 diabetes. 

Gardening May Help with Heart Diseases

Gardening may also improve heart health and reduce cardiovascular disease risk, especially among people with type 2 diabetes, who can be at a higher risk of heart disease.

People with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. It may be due to chronic hyperglycemia or high blood glucose levels, which may cause oxidative damage, inflammation, and ultimately damage organs over time. 

Research showed that making direct contact with the earth may decrease viscosity and creates a blood-thinning effect by improving the clumping of red blood cells. 

By improving blood viscosity and providing a heart-protective function, gardening can improve cardiovascular health. 

Gardening May Promotes Healthy Weight Loss 

There’s a lot of proof gardening can lead to better health, and one of the positive effects it can have on you has to do with weight management.

One study found that community gardeners had healthier body mass indexes (BMIs) than their neighbors who did not garden.

Interestingly, the study found that female community gardeners had lower BMIs than their non-gardening sisters. Similarly, male community gardeners also had lower BMIs than their non-gardening brothers. Overall, these gardeners had lowered risk of being overweight or obese. 

The study suggests that these health benefits are due to more than just the consumption of fruits and vegetables (which their neighbors also had access to) or genes (which siblings share). 

It could be due to gardening being a form of low to moderate-intensity exercise that, like other physical activity of the same intensity, helps burn adipose, or fat, tissue.  

Regardless of these findings, remember that BMI is just one metric and should not be used to dictate health. Body composition may be more important to focus on. 

A unique benefit to the kind of exercise gardening provides is that it mimics movements in line with kinetic therapy, promoting healthy posture and bone health. 

Research also shows that individuals can reap these benefits simply by harvesting, sowing seeds, or any other movement typically involved in gardening.

The Mental Health Benefits of Gardening

Gardening also has a positive impact on your mental health. One meta-analysis found that the activity is associated with reducing depression, stress, and anxiety along with an increase in quality of life and a sense of community. 

There are a variety of ways in which gardening improves mental health. One way is that gardening can allow you to get vitamin D from sunlight exposure. Vitamin D can boost your mood—in fact, people with vitamin D deficiencies (often seen among those with diabetes) can experience low moods. 

Another way that gardening improves mental health is by bringing meditative awareness to your surroundings. It helps you orient yourself to being part of a larger ecosystem, an awareness that promotes feelings of peace. 

Lastly, research has shown that direct contact with the earth, as is experienced during gardening, can regulate the nervous system and activate the “rest and digest” mode. 

A Note on Horticultural Therapy

The mental health benefits of gardening are so impressive that there’s a term that points to them. As the American Horticultural Therapy Association details, horticultural therapy is a time-proven practice that has helped people with mental health conditions like anxiety and depression since the 19th century.

If you’re gardening for your mental health, consider joining a gardening group or working with a horticultural therapist to get the most out of the activity.

Gardening Encourages a Whole Foods Focused Diet 

It helps prevent the risk of diseases and ailments, boosts your mental health, and enables you to stay physically active. And it can also encourage you to eat healthier!

One of the benefits of having a garden, whether in your backyard or a community garden, is it mimics a farm-to-table approach that helps consume various foods with blood sugar-stabilizing fiber

By planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables, you can grow a lot of your own food and access a variety of seasonal nutrient-dense foods right in your own backyard. 

Remember, good nutrition and physical activity go hand-in-hand. So, incorporating both of these together will help you achieve your health goals for the long term. With an activity like gardening, this becomes so much easier—you can (literally) reap the benefits of your harvest. 

Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to health and wellness. So it’s a good idea to work with healthcare professionals, physical trainers, credentialed dietitians, and nutritionists to find the perfect diet and exercise plan for your needs.

How Do I Start Gardening? 

So, you’ve decided gardening is for you. But where do you begin? Here’s a beginners guide to getting started:

  • The first step to gardening is to think of what you want to plant: fruits, flowers, veggies, herbs, or a combination. If you're a beginner, it's best to start with just one.
  • Next, choose a location that allows for adequate sunlight and water (depending on what you’re planting, of course). 
  • If you’re a complete beginner, it may be best to choose a couple of potted plants with rich soil and work your way to planting beds in your garden.
  • As you work your way up, you will want to test and improve the soil you’re using before diving into the intricacies of planting beds.
  • If you're out in the sun for prolonged periods, remember to wear sunscreen. 

What If I Live In a City or Urban Community?

If you live in an urban community (like a crowded city), you may have limited access to nature and fewer opportunities to garden. However, you can create opportunities to garden. Here are some tips: 

  • Become a plant parent! If you’re not ready to make the leap into gardening, one way to start small would be to buy a plant (or two), water it, watch it grow, and learn how to help it thrive. Make sure you research the type of plant you’ve bought and what nutrients it needs to thrive.
  • Find community gardens in your area. More and more urban areas are creating community gardens to help individuals have more access to nature and the benefits of gardening.
  • Start a balcony garden. It's a great option if you live in a building and don’t have a backyard to work with. 

Optimize Your Metabolic Health with NutriSense

Gardening is an excellent activity that promotes better physical and mental health. And a great way to see how it’s helping in real-time is with a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Using a CGM can help give you real-time insights into how your body responds to various food and lifestyle factors, including stress.

For help monitoring and managing your blood glucose data and overall health, sign up for one of the programs from NutriSense. The data provided by CGM technology, combined with personalized support from a team of credentialed dietitians and nutritionists, will teach you how to maintain a balanced blood glucose level.

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Improving Fat Loss, Muscle Gain and Fitness With Continual Glucose Monitors

Kara Collier and Dan Zavorotny talk continuous glucose monitors on the Mind Pump podcast.

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Dry Needling: Can it Really Help with Muscle Pain?
Dry Needling: Can it Really Help with Muscle Pain?

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique used by physical therapists and healthcare practitioners in an effort to alleviate pain and help restore movement in the body. Read on to find out more.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Healthiest Fast Food Choices
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Healthiest Fast Food Choices

Wondering what the healthiest fast food options are?  Here are some of the healthiest choices at fast food restaurants, according to dietitians.

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Here’s What a Realistic Weight Loss Timeline Looks Like
Here’s What a Realistic Weight Loss Timeline Looks Like

Many people try crash diets to lose weight fast, which may provide some short term results but don't work for the long haul. Here is a realistic timeline for healthy weight loss.

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9 Great Apps to Track Nutrition
9 Great Apps to Track Nutrition

Tracking nutrition has never been easier due to instant access to nutrition tracking apps. Here are the best ones.

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6 Popular IBS-Friendly Diets
6 Popular IBS-Friendly Diets

Learn more about irritable bowel syndrome, and see what popular IBS-friendly diets people follow to ease their symptoms.

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What You Need to Know About Neuropathy
What You Need to Know About Neuropathy

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can cause pain, discomfort, and interfere with daily tasks. Explore effective ways to prevent and manage it.

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The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet
The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet

Fermented foods have a range of health benefits. Read on to learn more about what they are and why you should be adding them to your diet.

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13 Healthy Ways to Relieve Stress
13 Healthy Ways to Relieve Stress

Stress can negatively affect your entire body. Here are thirteen different ways to reduce stress in your life.

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Best Physical and Mental Health Apps Available in 2022
Best Physical and Mental Health Apps Available in 2022

Here are the eleven best physical and mental health apps available in the app store.

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Improving Metabolic Health with Carlee Hayes
Improving Metabolic Health with Carlee Hayes

On this episode of Passionate Pioneers with Mike Biselli, Carlee Hayes, Nutrition Manager at NutriSense, discusses the company’s digital platform that aims to help others discover and reach their health potential.

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Carlee Hayes talks Metabolic Health with Rejuvenaging
Carlee Hayes talks Metabolic Health with Rejuvenaging

In this episode of Rejuvenaging with Dr. Ron Kaiser, Carlee explains how to cut through the online nutrition industry's noise, why we shouldn't look for a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to nutrition, and how CGMs work.

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Fruit Juice or Whole Fruit? What You Should Pick and Why
Fruit Juice or Whole Fruit? What You Should Pick and Why

Should you be drinking your fruits? Read on to find out more about juicing, whole fruits, and why one may be better for you than the other.

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Meet the Blood-Glucose Friendly Rambutan: What It Is and How to Eat It
Meet the Blood-Glucose Friendly Rambutan: What It Is and How to Eat It

Do you know what a rambutan is? Learn more about this blood-glucose-friendly tropical fruit and why you should add it to your diet.

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Organ Meats: Should You Be Adding Them to Your Diet?
Organ Meats: Should You Be Adding Them to Your Diet?

Learn about the health benefits and risk factors of adding organ meats to your meals, and try our favorite recipes using these nutritional treasure troves. 

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Five Cancer Research Developments of the Last Five Years
Five Cancer Research Developments of the Last Five Years

Read on to learn more about five of the most promising developments in cancer research.

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A Quick Look at Meditation and Blood Glucose 
A Quick Look at Meditation and Blood Glucose 

Learn more about meditation, how it positively impacts blood sugar, and how you can start incorporating it into your routine.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Tasty, Nutritious Salads You'll Love
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Tasty, Nutritious Salads You'll Love

Salads don't have to be boring! Our Nutrition Team recommends nine delicious, nutritious salads to help you find your favorite.

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Do You Need More Vitamin D?
Do You Need More Vitamin D?

Most people get the vitamin D they need from exposure to sunlight, but if you don't spend enough time outdoors, you may not be getting enough of this vital nutrient. Read our article to learn more.

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Your Mother's Day Gift Guide
Your Mother's Day Gift Guide

Can't decide on the perfect gift for Mother's Day? Pick from a list of ideas to find a healthy, but still exciting gift this year.

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Can Soy Really Prevent Diabetes?
Can Soy Really Prevent Diabetes?

Some research suggests that eating soy may reduce your risk of developing diabetes. Read on to learn whether that's true and find out more about the other health benefits of soy.

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Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Celiac Disease
Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Celiac Disease

Did you know that 23.5 million Americans live with autoimmune conditions? Learn more about the symptoms and causes of celiac disease and what you can do about it.

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Positive Thinking May Affect More Than Your Mental Health 
Positive Thinking May Affect More Than Your Mental Health 

It's no secret that positive thinking can improve your mood and help you cope with difficult situations. Review our article to see how a positive outlook may also benefit your physical health.

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The Best Diet for Menstruation
The Best Diet for Menstruation

When it comes to your menstrual cycle, what you eat can significantly impact how you feel. Read on to learn more about the best foods to add to your diet to help during that time of the month.

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9 Unusual Health Conditions You May Not Know About
9 Unusual Health Conditions You May Not Know About

Though most of us may never encounter these, these health conditions are still fascinating to learn more about. Read our article to find out more about nine of the most fascinating, unusual health conditions.

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The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar 
The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar 

Here is everything you need to know about the relationship between weight lifting and blood sugar.

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Two to 80 Employees in Just Two Years
Two to 80 Employees in Just Two Years

In this 20-minute conversation, Dan shares how he’s putting a Rockstar in every seat. And mistakes to avoid along the way.

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Understanding how Glucose Effects our Metabolic Health with Kara Collier
Understanding how Glucose Effects our Metabolic Health with Kara Collier

Kara, registered dietitian, and co-founder of NutriSense, discusses how blood glucose levels are a core marker of metabolic health. She dives into the health consequences of fluctuating blood glucose levels, and what levels to look fasted compared to post-meal.

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Using Real-Time Data to Improve Metabolic Health with Kara Collier
Using Real-Time Data to Improve Metabolic Health with Kara Collier

Today on the podcast, Kara Collier, RDN, LDN, CNSC, discusses revolutionizing preventative healthcare. It’s her mission to empower people with the knowledge to effectively monitor, optimize, and sustain their own metabolic health.

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11 Simple and Effective Weight Loss Tips for Men
11 Simple and Effective Weight Loss Tips for Men

Losing weight is typically easier for men than women, biologically speaking, but it's still challenging! Here are 11 simple yet effective tips for losing weight for men.

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What are the Best Times to Eat for Losing Weight?
What are the Best Times to Eat for Losing Weight?

Review our helpful article where we discuss the best times to eat if you are trying to lose weight.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Best Books on Metabolic Health
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Best Books on Metabolic Health

Whether you're looking for weight loss tips or to learn more about metabolism, a little reading material can go a long way. To help you get started, here’s some books on metabolic health, recommended by our Nutrition Team.

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Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT): Can It Replace Your Workout?
Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT): Can It Replace Your Workout?

NEAT can’t replace the benefits of intense cardio or strength-training workouts but like any physical activity, it has many overall health and fitness benefits. Read on to find out everything you need to know about NEAT.

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NutriSense CGM Program Review
NutriSense CGM Program Review

On this week's episode, Shannon describes the comfort, cost, usability, and education she experienced using the continuous glucose monitor program from NutriSense.

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Track Your Health in Real-Time with Dan Zavorotny
Track Your Health in Real-Time with Dan Zavorotny

On this episode of the Making Bank podcast, Dan Zavorotny discusses how he started the company “NutriSense” and how it reached a 150 million dollar valuation in 26 months.

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Can a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Help You Lose Weight?
Can a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Help You Lose Weight?

Carlee Hayes talks to This Podcast Burns Fat! about the important role blood sugar plays in weight management.