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How to Get a Little More Dirt Into Your Life

Fas­tid­i­ous house-keepers and antiseptic-spray-wielding ger­mo­phobes take note: it turns out that a lit­tle bit of dirt is good for you.  And germs aren’t so bad either.

We now know that chil­dren raised on a farm, or with one or more pets to track in dirt and dust, have fewer aller­gies and less asthma than those raised in sup­pos­edly cleaner environments.

We are also learn­ing much more about the uni­verse of micro-organisms with which we peace­fully co-exist.  You might be sur­prised to learn that there are more bac­te­r­ial cells resid­ing in your intes­tine than there are cells of “you” in your entire body.  We need the right mix of these ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria in our gut in order to prop­erly digest food, have nor­mal bowel mobil­ity, reduce the like­li­hood of food aller­gies, and fend off pos­si­ble infections.

There’s begin­ning to be plenty of research now on the var­i­ous ben­e­fits of pro­bi­otics — food sup­ple­ments that sup­ply nec­es­sary gut bacteria.

Most of the com­monly used pro­bi­otics are made with the bac­te­ria found in yogurt.  Though they are ben­e­fi­cial, these four or five species are only a tiny frac­tion of the diverse flora and fauna that col­o­nize our gut.

A dif­fer­ent approach is to use bac­te­ria found in soil.  Could this actu­ally be the way to make the best pro­bi­otic supplement?

This method makes log­i­cal sense to me.  After all,  soil bac­te­ria have been an inte­gral part of our envi­ron­ment since before the first homo sapi­ens gath­ered roots and berries to make the first meal.  And now there’s a bit of pre­lim­i­nary research in sup­port of it.

You can con­tact me at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or by phone at 212–400-9663 if you’d like to learn about the spe­cific sup­ple­ments I use.  Or check out your local health food store.

If you choose to incor­po­rate pro­bi­otics into your daily reg­i­men, I hope you’ll share with me the results.

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One Response to “How to Get a Little More Dirt Into Your Life”

  1. This is great!! Just what I needed, another rea­son to not clean the house! Thank you! All kid­ding aside, I have been a big fan of pro­bi­otics for many years. I have found that they not only help my diges­tion, almost imme­di­ately, but they are also great for boost­ing the immune system.

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