Antidepressant – Brain – Gardening – how they all work together.

An interesting article I read about recently had to do with SOIL MICROBES and how this effects our brain just as prozac does. The past couple of months have been pretty tough on some people especially since a lot of us were in lock down with Covid 19, and stuck in the house. Being in Canada with colder winters did not help the situation. As spring started to surface, a lot of us could hardly wait to get into our back yards and start to garden. I was certainly one of these people. So how does soil affect people you ask?

Here is a quick insert from the article.

“The soil microbe mycobacterium vaccae has been found to mirror the effect on neurons in the brain that drugs like Prozac can provide, but without side effects.The way it works is the “happy” microbes in soil cause cytokine levels to rise, which leads to the production of more serotonin.This bacterium is found in healthy soil and when humans are exposed to it, the microbe stimulates serotonin production. Serotonin makes us feel relaxed and happier.Conversely, lack of serotonin has been linked to depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorders.

The positive side to soil, is that has no negative side affects other than the fact that it makes us gardeners happy to have our hands back in the soil and smelling good old dirt.  The interesting thing about this article is it is scientifically documented!  I have a strong background in the sciences, so I do like facts. 

So while the we are all outdoors enjoying  our vegetable gardens and flowers, stress is being reduced, we are soaking up the sun  and our bodies are producing vitamin D,   and we are enjoying life as it should be- simple and healthy.
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