There is a new study out there that says that wine connoisseurs-in particular, sommeliers, are at a lesser risk than the rest of us for getting Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists studied MRIs of the brains of people who spend time discerning the subtle nuances between the bouquets of wines, and found out that the portion of the brain responsible for detecting these subtle differences in scent was bigger than average. Interestingly, the parts of the brain that are most susceptible to Alzheimers and Parkinsons were also bigger, indicating that perhaps the wine connoisseur has a little extra protection. (Click here for more information.)
If this is true, then we gardeners, at least those amongst us who actually do stop and smell the roses, should be better off as well, right? Certainly, being in nature has been proven to reduce stress, improve sleep, and is likely to include exercise so is very good for our health. The list of benefits goes on and on, so perhaps we can share the sommelier’s good fortune if we spend time smelling the flowers? In this blog entry, therefore, we pay a tribute to Mother Nature and all the wonders that she has to offer us, while at the same time improving our health.
First and foremost, we invite you to check out the blog of a friend of ours by clicking here, whose beautiful pictures and thought provoking insights are almost as good as being outside on their own. Read it-and then go out and see for yourselves!
And now, some pictures of our own…