A recent study published in May 2019 reveals that the bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae (from the Mycobacteriaceae family – this bacteria lives naturally in soil) is capable of preventing stress related issues, such as; anxiety, inflammatory bowel disease and others. (Check it out full paper on the link provided below.)
Considering that most people live in the city with no, or very little contact with earth, soil… it means that naturally, these people will be more exposed to stress-related psychiatric and inflammatory diseases. Historically speaking, before human moved out from farms, agricultural life-style, microorganisms present in nature used to regulate our immune system.
The idea is not to wait for a vaccine against stress, even though studies suggest we are close to that resolution (Mycobacterium vaccae has already been injected in mice, – evidence shows that it “alters the animal’s behavior in a way similar to that of antidepressants and has long-lasting anti-inflammatory effects on the brain”), nah.. I am not waiting for a vaccine…it is much more fun to actually touch soil, get closer to nature, bare foot it!
Knowing that roots communicate, soil is alive with millions of microorganisms, this finding is just one strain of one species of one type of bacterium… Studies have identified mechanisms to “read” what it is already felt. Good bacteria has a big influence in my soil, they are probably celebrating by throwing a garlic party and inspiring other bacteria to join their healing properties.
Identification and characterization of a novel anti-inflammatory lipid isolated from Mycobacterium vaccae, a soil-derived bacterium with immunoregulatory and stress resilience properties
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