How Soil Acts as a Natural Antidepressant and Can Make You Happier

Did you know there are antidepressant microbes in soil? That’s right! Here’s a fun fact about how dirt can help improve the blues especially during these uncertain times fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.  


Studies show that soil microbes have similar effects on the brain as Prozac provides. So how can playing in the dirt make you happy? The bacterium in soil appears to be a natural antidepressant and may stimulate serotonin production--helping you feel happier and reduce stress levels.  Antidepressant microbes in soil cause cytokine levels to rise, which results in the production of higher levels of serotonin. 


The bacterium in soil was tested on rats, and the results showed increased cognitive ability, lower stress and better concentration. When gardeners inhale or have contact with the bacteria, the natural effect of the soil bacteria antidepressant can be felt for up to 3 weeks. 


So why not take the time to go outside and clean up leaves, pull pesky weeds, plant flowers, and/or just play in the dirt. Your mood will be lifted, guaranteed.


Cheers to happy gardening and playing in the dirt!



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