There are mircobomes in your common backyard mulch that have been found essential to our mental health. There has been shown a strong connection between our good bacteria in our guts, our immune system and our mental health.
I experienced a serious form of depression after the birth of my first child. I was diagnosed with Post Partumn Depression when my son was less than 6 months old. I had no idea what was wrong with me, but I felt like I was a candle whose wick had burned to the bottom and when the wick ran out, I would simply die. I wasn’t suicidal, but I did believe I was dying.
Could it have been caused by the change in my body from giving birth? Was there something that upset the microbiomes in my gut, which lead to me experiencing bouts of depression shortly after the births of my first child?
My doctor put me on medication and I stayed on that medication until I decided I wanted to get pregnant a second time. When I eventually got off the medication it was like I had been healed and I never had another problem. The depression I had experienced after the birth of my first child, never once resurfaced, and I never had another postpartum depression, even after the subsequent birth of my second child.
Previous generations were raised to think depression was something you could just simply get over. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, as they say.
As a child, I was constantly outside. I was either competing in a pool on swim team or I was riding horses. My life was constantly filled with hay, dirt, manure, horse hair and oats. No wonder I was so well equipped to combat my bout with depression. I was the one benefiting from the natural elements of the soil and the earth and the essential microbiomes that foster good gut health, which also contributes to our good mental health!
Have you ever wondered why if feels so good to dig in the dirt to plant flowers every Spring. Did you think it was just because spring flowers are colorful and pretty? Seems there is a lot more to it. Could the benefits of being outside, mucking stalls as a child and getting my hands dirty, really be that beneficial?
There are naturally occurring good gut bacteria in the soil that are good for the serotonin and dopamine in our brains. It’s why exercising outdoors has more benefits than being in a gym for our overall mental well being. It makes you feel energized, vibrant, healthier and it can have lasting lifelong effects!
The next time some one tells you to “eat dirt”, do it! Tell your kids to get outside! Make mud pies, dig holes, get dirty and partake of the natural elements the world has to keep us naturally healthy and well. We all need a break from our mobile devices and kids these days aren’t playing outside like previous generations. Electronic media cannot compete with good Microbiomes!
Play in the dirt, get mud under your nails, it’s good for you! The life you save, could be your own!
Still don’t believe me? New mental health research is proving probiotics as a treatment for depression.
Mother of two grown children. One daughter, living in Denver. One son, who lives in Los Angeles and works in the movie industry. One beautiful and bright grandson!
Dog Mom to 3 year old Silky Terrier named, Addison and 16 week old Adler. One is a mamma’s girl and the other is a hellion!
Writing is a gift. I have no idea where it came from. Seriously addicted to telling stories and words and phrases are some of my favorite things.
Raised with horses. If they could bottle horse hair, manure, leather and dust, I’d wear it as a cologne.
Studied art in college and still paint in my spare time.
Very, very eternally grateful for YIN Yoga. It is the air I breathe.
There is nothing better for the soul than a walk in the forest. Love to hike and snowshoe. Much of my inspiration comes from nature.
“Of all the roads you take in life, make sure one of them includes dirt.” John Steinbeck
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