Yes, the new advice is to eat dirt for it provides many of the health benefits our bodies crave and need. You could go out and scoop up dirt from your yard and eat it, but I would not advise it. LOL. I doubt you would die, but there is a connection to the soil our foods are grown in AND our health. Do you know where your vegetables have been raised? Do you know what the animals are eating that you are eating? Is their food sprayed with glyphosate ( round up) or other chemicals? Do you care? Dirt is essential to the health of people as well as plants and animals. We walk on it daily and never even give it a second thought. We take it for granted. We should nurture if for it needs our care to live.
Did you know that in one teaspoon of soil there are more soil microorganisms than there are people on the earth!“Millions of species and billions of organisms—bacteria, algae, microscopic insects, earthworms, beetles, ants, mites, fungi and more—represent the greatest concentration of biomass anywhere on the planet! Microbes, which make up only one half of one percent of the total soil mass, are the yeasts, algae, protozoa, bacteria, nematodes, and fungi that process organic matter into rich, dark, stable humus in the soil.The best soil on most farms is found in the fence row. “ Too often we think living in the city on our small lot does not make a difference. What we do in our city lot does change things right under our feet.I have a lot of teaspoons in my city lot! How about you? Pretty amazing.
Winter is here and time to build our soil for next year.….We are connected to the earth and it seems today we are getting further away from that healthy connection. Everyone is afraid of dirt. I have wonderful neighbors. My one neighbor was chatting over the fence a few years ago, he asked, “You don’t eat that stuff you grow in your yard?” What has happened that people are so far removed from the land we use to work to survive. They are afraid to eat food they grow.
We are too dependent on the local grocery store for all our food. We have no idea where our food comes from and how it is grown. We use to grow our own food and had our hands in the dirt. Dirt was a part of our life. We lived with dirt but now we are so overly sterile in this world that we “wash our veggies” by scrubbing the health right out of them! I can understand doing this if you do not have access to organic food.The pesticide residue is important to eliminate from your diet, but a little healthy “organic” dirt, according to the experts is good for your health.
Yes, you heard me right. A little dirt does not hurt you it makes your immune system stronger.I have been wanting to write this article for several weeks but I just couldn’t get started. Where do I begin? Well, I thought a video might help so here is a quick explanation since I am not a doctor or scientist. I am an educator. I picked a video about 5 minutes in length since I know people don’t have a lot of time these days. Look around there is a ton of information being written about the relationship between our gut flora and our health. If you have an hour to spare, educate yourself. Please learn about how your health is connected to your gut and the soil. There is a relationship.
As I sit here writing my blog post today; blowers and lawn mowers are running all around me and they are LOUD!!!It is an unusually warm week in the 50’s to 60’s in Midwest USA. I rode my bike on the river yesterday and plan on riding tomorrow. I am not going to tidy up my yard until spring. I let it all die down to help nourish the soil, plants, and pollinators. They need someplace to hide!
My neighbors don’t understand the need to feed the soil. How the health of their soil and nature around them contributes to their overall health. They want everything neat and not ONE brown leaf on their wall to wall outdoor turf- carpet. It has to be perfect! I use to be like that until I learned THAT old practice of cleaning up everything in the spring contributes to the decline of our health and nature. If you care about native pollinators you will leave it up for them and all the other beneficial insects that need your help to stay alive in the living soil. They hide in your garden debris which builds your soil. It all works together to keep us healthy.
I’ve been thinking a lot about why I do what I do in my small city lot. My husband and I are empty nesters now. Our kids are all adults. We really don’t need to live where we do but there is a reason I am staying. I have a relationship with my soil. Yes, it sounds strange.I don’t want to move because I am connected to my soil. It helps heal me daily through working in it, eating the produce from it (my own dirt!) and relaxing or escaping to my garden. I am connected to the earth through my Urban Potager. If you create a place in the city to grow food; it draws you in and teaches you how to heal. All you need to do is get your hands in the dirt. Haven’t you heard the new Prozac is dirt? ( read more here).
I have been feeding my living soil for the past decade and it has made a difference in my health. I know a decade ago, I would have thought you were nuts if you told me that my dirt was keeping me healthy. To think the very thing we always are trying to clear away from ourselves or our food; is the one thing that may help to heal our bodies…eat some dirt today! I know I am.
Please educate yourselves. A little dirt on your oxheart carrot from your Urban Potager won’t hurt you it may help you be healthy!
For more information-Read from The Atlantic a good article on this subject-