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Soil Can Reduce Anxiety?

April 10th, 2013 by Trisha

ok, we know that gardening is good for you, right? It makes us happy, supplies healthy doses of sunshine and fresh air, plus its great exercise! BUT here’s some real scientific proof that gardening has real physiological effects… its in the DIRT. Soil can reduce anxiety. It has the potential to heal disease and can even make us smarter! Dont believe it? I ‘dug up’ two quotes that support these claims.

From HealingLandscapes.org
“A strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, has been found to trigger the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. And on top of that, this little bacterium has been found to improve cognitive function and possibly even treat cancer and other diseases. Which means that contact with soil, through gardening or other means is beneficial.”  This one’s worth a read
From ScienceDaily.com
“Since serotonin plays a role in learning we wondered if live M. vaccae could improve learning in mice” . Matthews and Jenks fed live bacteria to mice and assessed their ability to navigate a maze compared to control mice that were not fed the bacteria. “We found that mice that were fed live M. vaccae navigated the maze twice as fast and with less demonstrated anxiety behaviors as control mice,”

I know far too many people with anxiety issues not to pass this along! Spring is coming, get outside and DIG!

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