The multi-study analysis assessed the best regime of dose(s) of acute exposure to this type of “green” exercise required to improve self-esteem and mood (indicators of mental health).
3. You’ll eat more organic food
If you grow fruits and vegetables, as many centenarians do, you’ll gain the health benefits of adding these items to your daily diet. Take my uncle for example. He’s 88 and still gardens, grows his own cucumbers, cabbage, tomatoes and more and the man can outrun most people half his age!
Not only will you be eating more plants, you’ll also get more nutrition from them. Most fruits and vegetables lose 30% of nutrients three days after harvest due to respiration — a natural process by which they continue to “breathe” after they’re removed from the ground. (If you buy produce in a supermarket, there’s a high probability it was picked several days earlier or even longer.)
In terms of reducing the time between harvest and consumption, nothing beats pulling a berry off a bush and popping it into your mouth, or tearing off lettuce leaves to prepare a salad. Plus, it tastes a lot better.