PacSci Perspectives

4 Reasons Smiles Dig Gardening

by | May 30, 2016

Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time of year to get outside and dig in the dirt.

Here’s why:

Your very own farmer’s market

With fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables all at your fingertips, it’s easy to eat healthy. Plus, crunchy fruits and veggies stimulate saliva flow which washes away harmful mouth bacteria. Regardless of whether you enjoy raw, steamed or mashed, your body and smile will prosper from personal produce.

Your stress relief

Stress can take a toll on your teeth and overall well being. Thankfully, viewing natural landscapes can make you feel at ease. Instead of breathing in and out, stop and smell the roses.

Your gym membership

If planting flowers sounds easier than planting your heels for a squat press, you’re in luck! Gardening is classified as a moderate to intense physical activity. Shaping up in the soil can produce more than tight glutes and fragrant flowers. According to a recent study, participants who exercised regularly had fresher breath and healthier gums.

Your daily dose of vitamins

Sunlight can make your smile bright; thanks to vitamin D. Vitamin D is a hormone that helps absorb calcium and phosphorus—2 minerals crucial for bone and teeth health. Remember to slap on the ‘screen (SPF 15 or higher) before soaking up the sun.

Get to it, gardeners. Your smile, body and psyche give gardening two green thumbs up!