Why take Prozac, when you can just play in the mud instead? New research shows that being in physical contact with soil can help cure all kinds of depression – SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in particular.
Mud has always been said to be glorious, but until now we didn’t know just HOW glorious it can be!
According to gardening website Garden Knowhow: “Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential.”
The magic substance is called Mycobacterium Vaccae and has been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and appears to stimulate serotonin production, which in turn creates a feeling of relaxation and happiness. Studies were conducted on cancer patients and they reported a better quality of life after being in contact with soil.
The site goes on to explain: “Most avid gardeners will tell you that their landscape is their “happy place” and the actual physical act of gardening is a stress reducer and mood lifter. The fact that there is some science behind it adds additional credibility to these garden addicts’ claims. The presence of a soil bacteria antidepressant is not a surprise to many of us who have experienced the phenomenon ourselves. Backing it up with science is fascinating, but not shocking, to the happy gardener.”
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These days, as a journalist, writer and editor I write a wide variety of features, frivolous and serious. I work mainly for women's magazines and national newspapers and also enjoy writing for independent news outlets and websites - the sort that publish stories the mainstream media fail to report.
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