Dirt And You
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Homeostatic Soil Organisms
Why is it important to eat dirt every once in awhile?
Huh? No, I don’t mean literally go outside and eat dirt.
What I’m talking about is Homeostatic Soil Organisms, or HSOs which “support healthy energy levels, promote digestive system health and help your body absorb nutrients more quickly and easily”….it’s what makes us, well, us.
It’s true, the Human Genome Project concluded that we have about eight million bacterial genes which is a lot more than the actual human gene!
Well, back in the day when ‘organic’ wasn’t a ‘thing’, we would pick fruit and vegetables, maybe rinse off the dirt, maybe not and EAT IT! Guess what was on that delicious produce...good bacteria along with trace mineral-rich dirt.
I began looking into this because a lot of people, myself included, continue to suffer from digestive issues, as well as, a feeling of ‘out of balance’ and lowered immune systems.
Genetically Modified Organisms
Modern farming techniques including the use of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals have harmed the beneficial bacteria and weakened the nutrients available in the dirt that all plants thrive off of. For the last 40 years, a well-known, chemical company began producing and selling to farmers the herbicide, glyphosate, which acts similar to an antibiotic. This has, over a period of time, harmed the seeds and the soil that we need that is crucial for the continuation of farming, therefore, human survival.
When we use chemicals like those on our crops, take antibiotics and use anti-bacterial soap, we harm the good bacteria that actually keeps our bodies in homeostasis .
I have personally found it extremely healing to regularly consume probiotics, healthy bacteria, along with prebiotics from plant foods (the fiber or feeder for probiotics).
“The regular intake of beneficial microorganisms, or probiotics, is an extensively-studied approach for tapping into the health benefits bestowed by commensal microorganisms colonising the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of the healthy human host. ” – US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
There is also proof from extended research at the Human Microbiome Project that healthy bacteria balance can also be helpful for metabolism.
Since the human body is a whole system working together, if one part is out of balance, it throws a curve ball to the rest of the system.
All this being said, there a many wonderfully helpful staff at your local health food or vitamin store who may help you find a probiotic supplement. I also suggest doing some research on your own regarding this topic. There are not many probiotics on the market that are sourced from or have added HSOs.
I have no relationship with the following companies but have tried both of them. (I regularly switch my probiotic supplement to make sure I get a wide range of bacteria along with consuming fermented foods , such as, raw sauerkraut.)
Two such companies are:
If you have any suggestions on probiotic and/or prebiotic formulas that you’ve tried please comment below. I’d very much appreciate your reviews on such products (or any for that matter.)
Until then, be well always!
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