How can gardening help improve your health?

National Gardening Exercise Day is June 6th. Use this occasion to get out there and work on your garden. If you don’t have a garden, start one from scratch! Studies have shown that gardening can contribute to mental well being. It also can have a positive effect on physical health. Digging, weeding, hoeing, and planting burn calories and get the body moving.

While you’re enjoying some exercise and soaking up the sunshine, plant vegetables and herbs that can help keep your teeth healthy. Calcium and phosphate can help redeposit minerals into tooth lesions caused by acidic foods and beverages.

Leafy greens like spinach are high in calcium and phosphate. They are also relatively easy to grow in Maine’s cool climate. Garlic is a fairly low maintenance crop with antibiotic properties that can fight plaque and tooth decay naturally. For your herb garden, try mint and parsley. Both help support oral health.

While diet and exercise are both essential parts of keeping healthy, nothing can replace a visit to the dentist. Regular cleanings are an essential defense against expensive and painful tooth decay. Call us at 207-781-5900 to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.