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Dirt Can Make You Happy

No wonder my mother's in her garden 8hrs/day.

Did you know that there's a natural antidepressant in soil? It's true. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier. Studies were conducted on cancer patients and they reported a better quality of life and less stress. Lack of serotonin has been linked to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar problems. The bacterium appears to be a natural antidepressant in soil and has no adverse health effects. These antidepressant microbes in soil may be as easy to use as just playing in the dirt.


But will it still work after we've poisoned the ground with pesticides and herbicides? Is it actually unhealthier to expose ourselves more to these toxins despite the anti-depression bacteria?

By min | April 9, 2018, 2:13 PM | Science