This is the one thing on the list proven to help improve mood and brain function, but no one can figure out why. People feel and do better when they garden.
What researchers are suspecting is a combination of touching the earth, the probiotics in the soil, the exposure to natural light, and the satisfaction of seeing living things grow and thrive work together to improve the whole body.
Earthing, or touching the ground with bare feet and body lowers the residual static in the body, rebalancing the electrolyte and natural charge of the body.
The soil contains over 1,500 different healthy bacteria that inoculate our skin and help prevent illnesses and diseases. Regional variations work better for locals. Probiotics have over 1,000 different research papers to show the health benefits.
Vitamin D has been long used as a treatment for dementia. We produce vitamin D in our skin when we are exposed to sunlight and it is the only vitamin we use at 100%. For most people, it only takes 10-15 of sun exposure to produce a day’s worth of vitamin D.