Getting High on Dirt

Getting High on Dirt

 

That caught your attention, yes?

This world is a little extra crazy as of late – we all know that and are living it.

With social distancing, income insecurities, families being together a lot more, and wading through the usual woes, it’s completely understandable to feel grief, depression, listlessness, and all sorts of feelings you may not know how to handle.

I’m not going to try to tell you how to work through all those issues… but I am here to share a fun little bit of knowledge on an idea you could try!

GET DOWN AND DIRTY!!!

Whoa, I mean, like, go play in the dirt, my dude.

Getting your hands dirty in the yard, garden, or potted plants can increase levels of serotonin! Contact with soil and a specific soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of serotonin – I’m not making that up, there’s been research: “Researchers from Bristol University and University College London discovered using laboratory mice, that a ‘friendly’ bacteria commonly found in soil activated brain cells to produce the brain chemical serotonin and altered the mice’s behavior in a similar way to antidepressants.” ( read more in this article: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/66840#1 )

Serotonin is a happy chemical, a natural anti-depressant and strengthens the immune system. Lack of serotonin in the brain causes depression.

So, go on, get those hands dirty!

But, remember to wash them regularly afterward.

Take care of yourself and take care of each other, dear hearts!