29 Feb the beauty of dirt + boosting immunity
Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential. I am thankful for my farm girl roots. Growing up on the farm was my favourite schooling. It taught me how things grow and the patient and perfect timing of nature. One of my best memories was being able to play in the dirt and mud for days. I often chose playing with dirt over dolls. Being a highly sensitive person, I think part of what drew me to the soil was that it energized me. Something about it made me feel happy and fulfilled. As I got older I developed other interests that took me away from mudpie-making. When I was able to have a place of my own on the ocean, I was re-introduced to dirt. At first I was scared of getting dirty. Due to my clumsiness I realized getting dirt on me was inevitable so I had to embrace it. Then I noticed it again as an adult. Even short little bouts of planting flowers in a pot were uplifting. I walked back inside my house with a whole new perspective on the current issues I was dealing with, both personally and with my business. I wondered how I could have forgotten about this rich black stuff. It was like nature’s antidepressant.
how I get my dirt fix
One way I am able to constantly play with dirt, even in the winter, is through my makeup and skincare. As I am sure you can see from the key ingredients I use, I have carefully chosen an assortment of different clays, which are both newer and more ancient deposits of dirt. That is why I recommend applying as much your makeup with your fingers as you can because you are absorbing the nutrition of the clays, herbs and superfoods. I am also a huge fan of ingesting it. DIATOMACEOUS EARTH is very high in silica so it nourishes hair and skin. It also sweeps pathogens and parasites out of the body. Zeolite is wonderful if you are struggling emotionally. Every clay has different characteristics and healing properties and more are being discovered every day.
When I realized how badly damaged my digestive system was from a decade of being on antibiotics, I was encouraged by doctors to take probiotics. Yet, I did not notice any improvement and in fact, my symptoms seemed to worsen. Then I came across a different type of probiotic.. Back in the day, we grew all our own food and pulled it straight from the ground, eating it right there without washing it. The earth is full of bacteria, and it’s where we used to get most of our probiotics. In our hyper-hygienic modern lives, we are so far removed from the dirt that grows our food that we’re missing out on some of the crucial microorganisms that populate our soil and used to populate our own microbiomes. I believe this is a big reason why digestive issues are so much more common today than they once were. That’s where soil-based probiotics come in.
Soil-based probiotics do not exacerbate symptoms of SIBO in the way other types of probiotics can. In fact, one clue that you may have SIBO is that when you take a probiotic containing lactobacillus or bifidobacterium you have an exacerbation of your symptoms such as more gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or other digestive symptoms. If you are currently dealing with SIBO, it’s not recommended to take a probiotic containing lactobacillus or bifidobacterium strains until you’ve eliminated your bacterial overgrowth and repaired your gut, as these can actually worsen your SIBO.
Soil-based probiotics on the other hand will not exacerbate your symptoms or add fuel to the fire because soil-based probiotics don’t colonize the small intestine or feed the bacteria already growing there since they don’t contain lactobacillus or bifidobacterium strains, yet they still provide all the benefits of a probiotic. Soil-based probiotics have a natural, seed-like structure that makes them hardier than lacto-based probiotics and therefore able to survive the harsh journey through the stomach with far fewer colony-forming units (CFUs) than lactobacillus based supplements. This is due to the formation of endospores, which can withstand stomach acid, bile salts, and pancreatic enzymes that would normally destroy the bacteria. What’s more, soil-based organisms know to stay in their spore state until their environment is safe. This makes them a great option for SIBO because they don’t populate the small intestine and contribute to bacterial overgrowth there, instead heading straight to the large intestine and colon where they can support vibrant health.
Because SIBO and autoimmunity are so closely linked, you’ll be happy to learn that soil-based probiotics have also been found to be beneficial for autoimmune conditions. One specific strain of bacteria found in soil-based probiotics helps with the production of immunoglobulin A (IgA). These immunoglobulins, or antibodies, play a key role in your immune system, and I’ve found that many of my autoimmune patients tend to be low in IgA. I’ve seen a positive impact on inflammatory and autoimmune markers in these patients when their IgA levels are optimized. Additionally, IgA supports your gut repair pathways, helping to restore your gut lining so that toxins, microbes, and food particles are no longer able to escape via your bloodstream and trigger an immune response.
why decomposing plants are a good thing
Humic + fulvic acid is so important for proper detox if you are wanting to really boost your immune system. These substances chelate foreign substances from the body. The composition of Fulvic Acids vary widely based on the inputs from the time of the dinosaurs. These compounds contain over 77 trace minerals and elements that are absolutely vital for the healthy functioning of cells. As organic life is born and dies, this process continues in a never ending cycle of life. It is Fulvic and Humic Acids primary place in this cycle that makes it the ‘Granddaddy of Acids’. They represent both the Alpha and Omega in the circle of life.
what this means for your skin
Fulvic Acid is Mother Nature’s own fountain of youth, with the ability to energize dead cells. The versatility of the molecule is immense, inimitable and is a veritable life-giver. Fulvic Acid has numerous properties that make it an ideal general use product to combat acne from a holistic approach. As an anti-bacterial, Fulvic Acid ensures that the skin is clear of harmful pathogens that could aggravate pores. Potent anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness and swelling associated with inflamed pores caused by acne. The gentle pH balance removes excess oils while preserving the beneficial oils necessary for healthy skin functioning.
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