Summer is a great mood enhancer itself, but taking advantage of the warm weather to grow your own edible plants can benefit your health even more. Whether in a backyard garden or in a few pots on your windowsill, having fresh fruits and vegetables can support both mental and physical well-being.
REDUCE YOUR STRESS. Gardening allows you to go outside, get active, and connect with nature—all of which are helpful when you wish to reduce stress. It is well known that physical activity gives a boost of endorphins, and gardening is a great way to get that boost in the comfort of your own backyard. Additionally, studies show that increasing exposure to nature can improve mood and sense of comfort for 24 hours after outside activity. A recent study in Environmental Health Perspectives reported lower mortality rates for women who live closer to nature. In the people with the most nature interaction, there was a 12-percent lower rate of all-cause mortality. The researchers attribute the lower mortality to the increase in physical activity and depression-reducing effects of nature. The sea buckthorn berry has become more popular in recent years due to its hefty nutritional profile and extensive list of beauty benefits. The power of this miracle berry may stem from its wealth of all 4 essential fatty acids in the proper ratio: omega-3, -6, -9 and the rare omega-7, all of which are helpful in maintaining brain health. Sea buckthorn also boasts both DHA and EPA, which further protects against cognitive decline.
But the sea buckthorn is not just for your brain. Cosmetics and other beauty products have taken to including the berry in their formulas to address problematic skin issues like redness and inflammation. The potential plant-based benefits don’t stop there, though. Here are even more fatty-acid powers of sea buckthorn:
• Immune system response support • Inflammation response support • Gastrointestinal and digestive support • Liver health • Cardiovascular health • Women’s reproductive health • Vision health and dry eye support • Oral health, including teeth and gums • Skin health, including skin ailment management • Weight management • Sun/UV stress management
Sources: SeabuckWonders and seabuckthorninsider.com