Nature is about balance. If something adverse is created by nature, the antidote is hiding somewhere out there in a forest. Going natural is healthy. Your body is an organic entity that can be boosted by other organic compounds. To improve your health safely, nutrition yourself and boost your immune system with good-for-you fruits, vegetables, and herbs. A rich diet helps to build up your body’s defenses.
Organic gardening is a garden for healthy living as it separates you and your family from pesticides. Pesticides decrease the nutritional benefit of your fruits and vegetables and expose you to health risks. According to American Journal of Public Health, children whose yards were regularly sprayed with pesticides and herbicides were four times more likely to develop certain types of cancer. Women who regularly spray their gardens with pesticides and such are at a higher risk for breast cancer. As you can plainly see, organic gardens are the healthiest gardens for you and the environment.
The next thing to consider in growing a garden for health is deciding what to grow.
Red Beans are one of the top healthiest foods to grow in your garden due to all of the antioxidants. Any kind of bean will provide health benefits. Beans grow best in warm weather and full sun. Plant the beans 1 inch deep. Water beans regularly. The soil shouldn’t get dried out but don’t keep it wet nonstop either. Dry your beans out by minimizing watering when the pods begin to form. Fertilize with organic compost.
Blueberries are a deliciously sweet treat that is also at the top USDA’s healthiest food list for its antioxidant levels. If you’re lucky, you can find wild blueberries or blackberries to pick. Blueberries are only mildly more nutritious but both taste awesome alone or in muffins, pancakes, and pie. If you’re growing your own full sun is ideal for maximum production. Plant them in slightly acidic soil, several feet apart. Short, regular waterings are best. Raspberries, strawberries, cranberries and cherries also make USDA’s healthiest food list.
Apples are another essential to a garden grown for health. Apples have shown to reduce the risk of numerous types of cancers, lower cholesterol, help the body maintain glucose levels, and are nature’s toothbrush. Apple trees are easy to grow. It’s best to find them as saplings. Apple trees need full sun and adequate soil drainage. The healthiest varieties are Red Delicious Apples, Granny Smith Apples, and Gala Apples. Get creative with it and grow an apple tree heart.
You are what you eat; absorb all the health benefits you can from your own backyard.