FEELING CRAPPY? EAT DIRT, GET HAPPY!
The next time you’re not feeling your best, just step out into your garden and ingest some soil. [ Yeah, please don’t actually do that — Ed.] As it turns out, the microbiome present in dirt could actually make you feel better. In 2004, an oncologist in London, injected a lung cancer patient with a harmless soil bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae to see if it would help prolong his life. Even though that experiment failed, others succeeded, with the oncologist explaining the bacterial injections “significantly improved patient quality of life”, reducing the emotional toll cancer takes on the person.
After years of study, there’s evidence to suggest that playing in dirt, and possibly getting some in, may be good not only in terms of increasing our immunity, but the M. vaccae in dirt could help ward off anxiety and depression.