Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Mud, glorious dirt ... and healthy bacteria

As sales of multivitamins declines, 'bio' foods like yogurt are increasing, despite the adverse publicity for dairy foods in general.

There is also concern that excessively sterile homes may handicap children, through a lack of exposure to relatively harmless germ that trigger the child's immune system.
"Of course, we humans eat a lot less dirt than we used to.  In fact, our excessively clean households may be one reason that today's kids are so much more likely to suffer from allergies. Exposure to a wide range of bacteria, especially during infancy and childhood, appears to build a healthy immune system." says quickanddirtytips.com

Intensively farmed pigs need copper added to their diet, which they would naturally find in the environment, in natural soil.

Despite the title of their article, it isn't really about dirt. Dirt is a human invention. Things are made dirty by human activity. The valuable bacteria are found in SOIL - the source of all our food, timber, nature reserves and gardens.

Personally, I'd rather eat soft fruit straight from the plant than leave soil on my potatoes. As for yogurt - there are several healthy bacteria that make milk 'alive', including calabash and Kefir. The last two work at room temperature.

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bacteria, environment, food, gardens, health, immune system, wellbeing

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