Regenerative Agriculture & The Human Biome!
I have recently been looking at the concept of grounding, which includes going barefoot and using footwear that is either grounded or made from all natural materials. I find it interesting to look at humans as energetic beings in need of being grounded, just as one would an electrical device—as well the enormous benefits of walking barefoot along the beach or in soil left untreated with toxins.
Our July feature “The Microbiome Connection – How soil and Human Health are Related,” by Kelcie Ottoes. The Human gut microbiome, which is critical to fighting off disease, and soil microbiome, which enables plant growth, are vitally important to maintaining all life on our planet. These two communities of microorganisms are connected in important ways, and researchers are trying to find out more about the interplay. The soil microbiome has many parallels to the human gut scenario. The soil microbiome consists of bacteria, fungi, archaea and viruses, microorganisms that play an important role in maintaining the health of the soil. They do this by breaking down organic matter, cycling nutrients and protecting crops against harmful pathogens. Regenerative organic farming practices, which promote high biodiversity and disdain the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, develop robust soil that is rich in nutrients and beneficial microbes. In such settings, farmers don’t need to use chemicals because the microbiome creates disease-resistant soil to fight off threats.
The July Conscious Eating section titled “Hues of Health – Benefits of a Colorful Diet,” by Veronica Hinke. Eating plant-based foods from every hue in the rainbow provides an exceptional array of health benefits. Rich in essential vitamins, minerals and fiber, vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables also contain phytonutrients such as antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids and polyphenols that contribute to the color, flavor and aroma of such foods.
Check out our FIT BODY article titled “Green Exercise – Reconnecting with Nature,” by Cristina Parker, PT, DPT. Look for chiropractors, naturopaths, naprapathy, osteo-doctors, Rolfing and similar, physical therapy, occupational therapy and other specialists. Also look for personal and fitness trainers, outdoor exercise programs, local gyms with outdoor programs and other coaches. Connect with local park districts and forest preserve districts, state parks and rec areas, schools, and municipal outdoor exercise programs. Consider also linking in with forest bathing and local youth outdoor fitness programs.
Walking through the woods always gives me an instant rush of endorphins and a deep sense of being grounded. I hope that you too will find an outdoor activity that feeds your soul this summer—get out and enjoy!
To conscious living,
Pamela Gallina, Publisher