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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Get Your Hands Dirty: It’s Good for You!

gardening addiction treatmentWhen a long, cold winter gives way to spring, there’s a universal joy in the air due to warmer temperatures, longer days, and sprouts of greenery. Now, scientists have identified another reason for a brighter outlook in springtime. The fresh soil that is sprouting green grass, tulips, and seedlings is filled with tiny microbes that have powerful antidepressant properties for humans.

Friendly Bacteria with No Side Effects
While some bacteria cause infection and disease, the bacterial microbes that are found in soil, Mycobacterium Vaccae, appear to be a “friendly” form that blocks depression. In fact, the antidepressant effect of these microbes is much like the drug Prozac, but without the side effects that can accompany the misuse of prescription antidepressants. In fact, researchers have found evidence that these microbes offer additional beneficial results like strengthening the human immune system and fighting off allergies.

Microbes Stimulate Serotonin Production
Scientists do not know exactly how these soil microbes exert their antidepressant effect on humans, but they suspect that this may be the process:

• Mycobacterium Vaccae strengthens and stimulates the immune system.
• Immune cells release chemicals called cytokines.
• The cytokines stimulate nerves, which in turn activate neurons in the brain.
• These neurons release serotonin, a hormone that produces an overall sense of well-being.

No Surprise to Gardeners
Avid gardeners have always known that digging in the dirt leaves you feeling happy and satisfied. Maybe it’s because of the fresh air, exercise, and healthy diet provided by the garden. Or, maybe it’s the soil microbes. For an all-around rewarding experience and natural high, try getting outdoors and joining a community garden this spring.

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