I have long maintained that the vegetable garden is the ultimate wellness tool. Science is increasingly recognising that food is truly our greatest medicine. There is no food more valuable than chemical-free food, grown in healthy soils and harvested when ripened naturally, immediately before it graces your plate.
Freshly harvested fruit and vegetables feature antioxidants, vitamins and protective phytonutrients encased in a supportive matrix that ensures maximum health benefits. When we dumb down nutrition with supplements, there is no comparison to the real stuff. No nutrient is an island and Nature recognises that. She provides hosts of co-factors in fresh food to maximise the benefits of everything. You may be wondering why supermarket vegetables don't usually deliver the protective punch of the homegrown. Here are some of the reasons:
Lamenting Lost Nutrition
We are what we eat and what we eat comes from soils that are a shadow of their former selves. We have mercilessly removed the minerals from our food-producing soils with extractive agriculture, whilst decimating the organisms that help deliver those minerals. We have then processed more nutrients out of this food or picked it early and stored it long enough to further deplete its goodness. Numerous studies have confirmed this decline. In fact, nutritionists now claim that our food contains just 20% of the nutrition found in the food consumed by our grandparents when they were children. A recent WHO study could not find a degenerative disease that did not have a nutrition link.
The massive explosion in sales of supplements in recent decades is testament to our mass recognition that something is missing. Our food is not what it used to be and neither is our health. The answer is to adopt Nutrition Gardening®. This home garden solution, however, offers more than just a tool to counter lost nutrition. It has other profound benefits ranging from forgotten food flavours to mental wellbeing, as well as an invaluable contribution to planetary health.