Why it’s Better to Grow Your Own Food
Nowadays, it’s important to learn how to grow fruits and vegetables. Why? Because some of the foods in grocery stores are not even fresh, considering that owners are obliged to keep them for a very long period of time using preservatives. Adding preservatives to food help slow down the microbial activity that causes them to wilt and expire. However, too much intake of food preservatives can lead to a higher level of toxicity exposure which is harmful for the human body.
Surprisingly, preservatives also have one negative side effect that is obesity. Preservatives have an excess element that causes people to consume more quantities of the same or similar food. In fact, according to a study conducted by the International Food Information Council, 25 percent of American children are at risk and becoming overweight. Moreover, the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Nutrition Mapping sector found out that nearly half of North Carolina residents are in the same condition. Because of this, USDA suggests that American’s have at least five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily to meet their nutritional requirements. This can be done by having a personal supply of fruits and vegetables with the help of gardening where owners can guarantee full quality control over their produce. But it is not only the reason why people should be up and about such an activity because aside from improving the residential areas outside appearance by planting flowering trees to reflect the owner’s unique personality, gardening is also an excellent form of exercise.
This is evident especially to farmers when they cultivate their crops. Owners will also encounter the same experience when they regularly visit their gardens since it employs arm and leg movements. By simply moving around the area, muscles from the different parts of the body contract and retract, tighten and relax that aid in the proper circulation of blood and improve strength for better endurance. It also allows them to get out in the open and have some fresh air. Once they absorb the (healthy) first rays of the sun in the morning, they acquire Vitamin D that provides additional strength for the bones apart from Calcium, to prevent it from becoming brittle and prone to osteoporosis.
Having nut trees for the garden is also a plus since nuts are believed for their number one purpose as memory enhancers. According to “Linda Page’s Healthy Healing,” as mentioned in livestrong.com, certain types of nut like; walnuts, almonds and cashews promote brain activity. In fact, nuts contain an anti-oxidant polyphenol that boosts the nerve impulses in the brain that deteriorate over the time due to old age. Polyphenol can also be substituted for choline (that is also a memory enhancer) found in seafood.
Gardening also encourages others to go organic. Putting up a personal garden helps people become heath conscious and environment-friendly. For one thing, learning how to grow fruits and vegetables in a more natural way makes them do away with their traditional habits of using pesticides as these products contaminate and reduce the shelf life of food. Instead of using pesticides, some use pest-repelling plants like; mint, radish and nasturtium to shield their other delicate produce from insects like; beetles, bugs and fleas. But for those who would really like their garden to last for a very long time and harvest the fruits of their labor, they must never forget to add a maximum 3-inch thick layer of humus (good) soil as the base for the seedlings which can be in a form of rotten leaves and old manure, preferably in spring to nurture the foundation of plants and in fall to maintain the vital ground nutrients.