Wellness Wisdom: Health Benefits of a Home Garden
08/26/2020 | Season 2, Episode 34
In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Extra, Dr. Drew Sinatra shows us around his home garden, which he says is a great source of calm and stress relief during this unstable time. Home gardening isn’t just a peaceful practice for him, but for many of his patients as well. From different types of lettuce, to berries, to green beans, Dr. Drew gives us a guided tour of his bounty and explains why connecting with nature is so important for our overall health and well-being. You won’t want to miss this special Wellness Wisdom, where Dr. Drew flexes his green thumb.
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- Gardening is a hobby that forces you to get dirty! Check out this video from Dr. Drew, on the importance of getting dirty and why regular exposure is actually good for you.
- Dr. Drew often talks about the gut microbiome and how to keep it healthy; read this article on how lifestyle affects gut health.
- On the podcast, Dr. Drew has discussed the wilderness fast he did in the mountains and how it impacted him; find out more about his experience by listening to Episode 31: Rites of Passage with Dr. Scott Eberle.
Dr. Drew Sinatra: Hey folks, I'm Dr. Drew Sinatra.
Well, if you’ve followed my work, you know that I am a big nature enthusiast. I love spending as much time as I can in nature. Whenever I get a free moment, I will go out on a walk, a hike, a bike, a swim. And also, gardening…another great way to do it. And I've heard from my patients over the years that gardening has been such an important piece of their life, and I'm finally starting to get that, now that I've gotten myself into it. And this is actually my second year of having a garden…so I'm learning, I’m just a beginner. But I wanted to show you a little bit about what I've been doing so far, and what's been growing.
Now this, that's a raised planter bed, and I got it at Costco, of all places. And I found this to be really useful for growing the vegetables. Now right here, this is a bok choy, and it has grown so much. I mean, we have to eat this stuff almost every third night, because it just keeps growing so fast. And we love sautéing it up in a little olive oil, a little garlic, add some salt to that, and wow, you've got a great green leafy green to eat.
Next in line here are some lettuce plants, and we've been collecting lettuce, making some great salads. Sometimes I'll add a little bit of the Swiss chard, right there. Here's a different form of lettuce down there. And on the far right of this garden bed, we have some strawberries that are coming up. And this plant right here, which looks really cool, is a green bean plant. As you can see here, green beans are getting nice and big. And we've harvested some of these, steamed them, and added some olive oil and some salt. And we've really enjoyed those, as well.
As you can see along the wall, I’ve got a lot of succulents planted. And then if I move over here, this is a blueberry plant. I'm hoping that it produces some blueberries, although the first night I got it, a deer came over and chewed off that segment over there. So I'm not sure what's going to happen with this, but I am hoping that some blueberries do start to grow. Behind that, is another strawberry plant, we've got some beautiful strawberries growing off of there.
And that is my garden, and I'm so happy that I'm doing this. And again, like I said before, I've heard from so many of my patients that this has become such an important thing for them, in their life. And I wanted to learn from you, what is it that drives you to be in nature? What are you doing to be in nature? Is it gardening, is it swimming, is it hiking, is it biking? What is it? And what drives you to keep coming back to it? I'd love to know that. All right, I'll talk to you soon.
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Meet Dr. Drew Sinatra
Dr. Drew Sinatra is a board-certified naturopathic doctor and self-described “health detective” with a passion for promoting natural healing, wellness, and improving quality of life by addressing the root cause of illness in patients of all ages. His vibrant practice focuses on treating the whole person (mind, body, and spirit) and finding missed connections between symptoms and health issues that are often overlooked by conventional medicine.