Before and After – now time to enjoy and get back to full time work after a long quarantine. beforeandafter garden sandiego lajolla sandiegofit gardeningtips @ City of La Jolla
How long has it been since you played in the dirt? There a lot to be said about the benefit of gardening – not just for the fresh organic food.
Getting your hands dirty in the garden can increase your serotonin levels – contact with soil and a specific soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of serotonin in our brain according to research. Serotonin is a happy chemical, a natural anti-depressant and strengthens the immune system. Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression.
Ironically, in the face of our hyper-hygienic, germicidal, protective clothing, obsessive health-and-safety society, there’s been a lot of interesting research emerging in recent years regarding how good dirt is for us, and dirt-deficiency in childhood is implicated in contributing to quite a spectrum of illnesses including allergies, asthma and mental disorders.
At least now I have a new insight into why I compulsively garden without gloves and have always loved the feeling of getting my bare hands into the dirt and compost heap.
There’s much more to be said about the benefits, who needs gardening tips?🤓
Chillin 😎 with my homie 🦎