This may come as a surprise to you, but… drum roll… SOIL is key to sustained well-being, enhanced cognitive performance, elevated creativity and, yes, reduced stress and anxiety! All of this, and no expensive prescription! No whiz-bang piece of technology required or flashy new app to download. Heck no! This is all right at our fingertips – every one of us – we can choose our bio-chemical destiny today by connecting with soil!
For millennia, we humans have had a close relationship with SOIL – it not only feeds us and filters and purifies our water, it also – literally – enhances our physical, mental and emotional health and well-being! Wait, what?
What’s going on here? Are you kidding?
Not at all. And neither are an increasing number of neuroscientists and medical doctors. The mind-boggling complex communities of microorganisms in healthy, living soil interact with our complex neuro-bio-chemistry in such a way that reduces stress and anxiety, and increases serotonin production, that wonderful neuro-transmitter that makes us feel good! Beneficial microbes are abundant in living soils, and make up communities called the microbiome. We also have a microbiome in our bodies, which is affecting our health, well-being, immune systems and even moods. By interacting regularly with the microbiome of soil, we are helping to optimize the microbiome in our bodies. All of this, achieved simply by regularly getting our hands in the soil – that is, by making gardening part of our lifestyle!
And gardening delivers so many additional benefits! Been inside all week at work? Get outside for a while this weekend and garden! Have you listened to the birds lately? Seen the honeybees and butterflies doing their magical thing? Have you soaked up the nourishing (and vitamin D producing) sunshine lately? How about stretching and moving your body in ways you typically don’t at the office or while working? Heck, you might even garden with your sweetheart, your kiddos, your mom and dad or some of your best buddies! There are so many layered benefits to gardening it’s literally a super-drug and a magic-app all in one.
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What’s more? By gardening, you’re increasing the quality and nutritional value of some of the food your growing and providing for you and your family. You’re also building soil – especially via that wonderful compost pile you can create without too much hassle – and building soil is one of the key strategies we have world-wide to reverse climate change!
Your “chemical destiny” is right at your fingertips: get smarter, feel better, heal the planet today! Make gardening a regular part of your lifestyle and experience for the first time what it feels like to truly thrive!
Aaron William Perry is a writer, public speaker, impact entrepreneur, consultant, artist and father. The author of Y on Earth: Get Smarter, Feel Better, Heal the Planet, Aaron works with the Y on Earth Community and Impact Ambassadors to spread the THRIVING & SUSTAINABILITY messages of hopeful and empowering information and inspiration to diverse communities throughout the world. He resides in Colorado where he is continually in awe of the weather, appreciate of the singing birds, and entertained by the antics of his backyard, free-range (and free-thinking) chickens.
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