Happy In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy
Geege Schuman stashed this in Gardening
How Dirt Makes You Happy
Antidepressant microbes in soil cause cytokine levels to rise, which results in the production of higher levels of serotonin. The bacterium was tested both by injection and ingestion on rats and the results were increased cognitive ability, lower stress and better concentration to tasks than a control group.
Gardeners inhale the bacteria, have topical contact with it and get it into their bloodstreams when there is a cut or other pathway for infection. The natural effects of the soil bacteria antidepressant can be felt for up to 3 weeks if the experiments with rats are any indication. So get out and play in the dirt and improve your mood and your life.
Well, I'm convinced. Will go play in dirt as much as I can.
Not only salubrious effects with direct contact, but also a necessary interaction to reclaim the birthright of our declining food quality: while playing in the dirt, work some worms into the soil and help make our loam fertile once again.
Terroir is everything... even in tea!
Wow! Dirt is more important than I realized.