Before we start, let me warn people with sensitive dispositions that this article is all about poo. Not just any old poo either – human poo.
It won’t have escaped your attention that one of the hot health topics in recent years has been the health of the human gut. And specifically, the health of the gut microbiome – the huge and diverse population of bacteria and other microbes that lives in our intestines. Basically, healthier people have healthier gut microbes, and there’s no shortage of advice on how to improve gut health, which all comes down in the end to one thing: fibre, the more the better.
But here’s the thing: where do all these gut microbes come from? Historical research would have indicated that early humans were exposed daily to microbes from soil and plants through hunting, gathering, primitive farming, and other activities. But how do modern people get their gut microbes, you ask?
Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign tried to answer this question by looking at one suspect: gardening. They compared faecal samples from ‘gardening families’ (i.e. families with at least one serious gardener) with those from families who didn’t gardenat all. Gardeners also consider the bugs that live in their plants. garden soil.
The results were clear: gardeners’ gut microbiomes were more diverse than those of non-gardeners.
The results were not just for the main gardener. However, the entire family had more interesting gut bacteria. As is often the case whenever you look at bacteria, some of the microbes couldn’t be identified, and gardeners had more of those too.
Now, you’re probably thinking that there’s a potential problem here, because gardeners and non-gardeners probably differ in all kinds of ways. The researchers looked at the diets of both gardeners and non-gardeners and found that they had higher levels vitamins and fibre. This could be due at least in part to the fact that gardeners eat the products of the gardeners. gardening. Maybe the gardeners’ richer gut microbiome is just a reflection of a healthier diet?
Exposure to soil microbes
Hyperbiotics recommends supplementing with probiotic strains which are native to the human microbiome. L. acidophilus and B. bifidum, to reap the benefits these strains provide, like digestive immune support. But we also recognize that regular exposure to soil-based microorganisms through lifestyle choices—such as gardeningSpending time in Nature, and having Pets—provides significant benefits as well.
One example is a bacterial strain that can be found in soil and compost. M. vaccaeClinically,, has been studied for its ability to support mood.1 Research indicates that serotonin synthesizing neurons are activated upon exposure to this microbe, as well as neurons related to immune response—two great reasons to dig your hands in the dirt!
A good intake of vitamin D
We all know that getting a little sunshine makes us feel good—this is partly because time in the sun allows our bodies to synthesize vitamin D. The “sunshine” vitamin is an essential nutrient for absorbing calcium in our food and supporting the body’s immune response, among many other things.
Studies also showed that vitamin D deficiency could lead to an imbalance in the gut microbiome, which can cause imbalances between different types and species of flora.2 Fortunately, spending time in the gardenSun exposure can help maintain a healthy level of vitamin D.
Access to fresh, prebiotic-rich vegetables
Did you know that fresh vegetables and herbs can be eaten right out of the package? gardenThis allows you to experience a wide range of microbial diversity. In fact, a small spinach plant contains over 800 species!3
We are passionate about The important role diet plays in supporting a healthy microbiome, so we recommend a plant-based diet full of whole foods, especially those high in prebiotic fiber—a specialized plant fiber that’s indigestible to us, but feeds the friendly bacteria in our guts.
The good news is? It turns out that many of these are actually Prebiotic foods we recommend incorporating into your diet are also easy to grow in climates across the U.S. and around the world:
• Garlic. This member of the onion family is a great prebiotic source and is surprisingly simple to grow. Just place garlic cloves in the ground before the first autumn frost, and they will slowly begin to take root all winter (and if there’s a rainy spring, they won’t need much watering). Their scapes can also be harvested in May while the bulbs can still be harvested in June.
• Jerusalem artichoke. One of three ingredients in our Prebiotic PowderJerusalem artichoke is also very easy to maintain and produces beautiful, almost sunflower-like flowers. These prebiotic powerhouses can be grown and harvested in the same way as potatoes. They are planted in spring with tubers with eyes and then dig up the new growth in autumn.
• Burdock root. High in two important types of prebiotic fiber, inulin and FOS (fructooligosaccharides), burdock root grows wild like a weed in many places across North America. Burdock root can be grown in your garden. gardenPlant seeds in the spring in a sunny area of your plot, and harvest the roots in autumn or the spring following.
• Dandelions. Even your weeds can be healthy and tasty! Dandelions are rich in liver-supporting compounds, and their leaves are high in prebiotic fiber. It’s best to harvest in the fall when they’ve stored up the most nutrients, but make sure to only do so in areas that aren’t sprayed and that are free of roadside pollution.
It’s the perfect time to begin, with spring well underway gardening—your gut will most certainly thank you for your efforts!