We all know someone who tends to their own garden, and a natural green thumb when it comes to planting seeds growing healthy vegetation. But, what we might not realise is how therapeutic gardening can actually be.
People who have a garden love the calm serenity of working in the soil and planting vegetables. Gardens are now frequently used as a rehabilitation center itself. We all know how spending a lot of time outdoors can boost our mental and emotional wellbeing. But, gardening has the added benefit of engaging with the outdoors by helping something grow.
Horticulture therapy can be used in retirement homes, hospitals, even prisons where the fruits of their labor engage all the senses. People with physical disabilities can use gardening as a way to recuperate some of their fine motor skills or regain muscle strength through atrophy.
If you don’t have a yard for a garden you can get some smaller potted plants on a windowsill or grow a hanging herb garden in your kitchen. Gardening can be a simple intuitive hobby that doesn’t necessarily have to be outdoors to benefit from.
Having a garden is much more than being part of a seedling that becomes a giant stalk sprouting with shots and leaves. It gives a person a chance to be outside enjoying the sunshine and discovering themselves through the act of home horticulture.
It is the vegetable that fueled Popeye’s strength and heroism. Now researchers are using spinach leaves as a scaffolding to grow layers of healthy heart muscles.
Researchers of biomedical engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts grew beating human heart cells on spinach leaves. They believe they could deliver blood and oxygen to developing tissues through the veins of spinach leaves.
While this isn’t the first time plants when stripped of their plant cells have been used to benefit human patients. They’ve done wound healing and engineering cartilage tissue using biocompatible cellulose from them. But, this is the first time plants have been used to directly benefit a complex organ such as the heart.
This type of breakthrough research could make medical procedures affordable, and in the future I wouldn’t be surprised if hospitals grow gardens not for salads but for regenerating human organs.
Have a wonderful day from your friends,
“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”
Mental Attitude: The use of e-cigarettes more popular among college students.
A recent study carried among the college students of a Midwestern university found that young adults find e-cigarettes more attractive than the traditional cigarettes. The flavours and the USB rechargeability are the factors that attract the college students. More than 40% participants in the study reported to be using e-cigarettes. They are more socially acceptable and give positive sensory experience. Also, the students seemed to care more about the appearance than their health.
Addictive Behaviors, February 2017.
Health Alert: 75% women experience urinary incontinence during the third trimester of pregnancy.
In a case study involving 400 pregnant women, it was found that almost 75% of them had stress related urinary incontinence. Also, 35% of women suffered from urinary tract infection during the third trimester of pregnancy. Major risk factors for urinary incontinence include sedentary lifestyle, constipation, multiparity and smoking. Regular exercise and a healthy diet help to reduce the risk factors for urinary incontinence.
International Journal of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics and Gynecology, March 2017.
Diet: The improvement of bone architecture after gluten-free diet.
Celiac disease may cause weakness in the microarchitecture of the bone in the premenopausal women. The study shows that the trabecular pattern of the bone becomes weak after the celiac disease and after one year of treatment with gluten free diet and calcium and vitamin D supplements, there is a significant improvement in the trabecular structure of the bone in premenopausal women.
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, January 2017.
Exercise: Exercise therapy helps to reduce the adverse effects of ADT.
The people who survive the prostate cancer often undergo the androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). This therapy may affect the physical functions and the quality of life of the patient. Exercise helps to reduce these adverse effects. A randomized controlled trial was done to show the efficacy of exercise in ameliorating the side-effects due to androgen deprivation therapy. A total of 8 trials were done to monitor different factors like type of exercise (regular or aerobic), length of intervention, number of exercise sessions per week, and others. It was found that supervised exercise training is more effective than unsupervised training sessions.
Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, February 2017
Osteopathy: Osteopathy helps in reducing the risk factors for injury in football players.
The preventive strategies for minimising the training and the match-related injuries in football players are few. 63 injury-free male football players were studied for the risk factors for injury and the efficacy of cranial osteopathic intervention in the substantial improvement of balance in the test conditions. The post treatment balance values were better than the pre-treatment values. The efficacy of three standardized cranial osteopathic techniques was tested.
British Journal of Sports Medicine, February 2017
Wellness/Prevention: Lifestyle behaviours in children alter the risk for cardio-metabolic diseases.
A survey including 5,180 children and their parents was carried out in China to assess the risk factors for CMD (cardio-metabolic diseases). Vegetable and fruit consumption was negatively associated with the CMD risk factors in both, the parents as well as the children. The increased ‘screen time’ and also the ‘away-from-home-eating habits’ were positively related to CMD in children. The study also showed the need for development of generation-specific intervention strategies.
Circulation, March 2017.
Two things we wish we could have; a good nights rest and winning the lottery. It’s too bad those two things have eluded the majority of us. Now, a new study out of the University of Warwick found that getting enough of the former will make us feel as happy and fulfilled as winning the latter.
Dr. Tang at the Department of Psychology discovered that getting a better night sleep makes us feel physically and mentally better. It’s not about how many hours a night you sleep but the quality of sleep that leads to a better overall wellbeing.
Positive changes in sleep over time without using sleep medication leads to better physical and emotional health, and positively affect people’s ability to perform everyday activities. Improving the quality of sleep is a simple and cheap method of raising the health and wellbeing of people.
What the study didn’t show was how winning the lottery affected the sleep patterns of lottery winners. My guess is they would have trouble sleeping. Too much tossing and turning imagining what they’re going to do with all their winnings.