Spring is definitely in the air, and it’s that time of year when those lucky enough to have a garden and who enjoy growing their own fruit and veg, start preparing the ground. And if you are a keen gardener then you will certainly be familiar with the important step of digging in the compost as part of that preparation, before you or perhaps with your childrens help, sow the seeds.
Then it suddenly struck me, as I was contemplating a way to express the importance of our gut microbiome and the significance of the gut-brain connection to our health: the very nature of the compost that gets dug into gardens is likely to impact the quality of the fruit and veg that gets harvested, and I suspect in many cases it’s typically a mix of bought and home ‘grown’ compost that is used.
Perhaps you are wondering how this is all relevant to your microbiome. Well it was that thought that lead me to the following.
Our gut or digestive system is an amazing natural ‘compost generator’ which we have only started to really appreciate thanks to the rapidly growing science that is exploring our gut microbiome.
I’d like to take that thought a little further, and relate it back to the vegetable plot: The quality of compost generated from food waste, although influenced by a number factors, will be especially dependent on the nature of the food waste plus the environment supporting the microorganisms involved in the breakdown of the waste to create the compost.
I have a question for you to ponder on:
What do you think the outcome would be from an experiment designed to compare and contrast the quality of fruit and veg grown using compost generated from food waste when a family consumes more carbohydrate rich foods compared to that when a family eats a wider range of food types?
I suspect many of you know the answer to that question.
Perhaps that scenario is one to help explain to children and adults, that for them to grow, or maintain, healthy bones, muscle, teeth, hair, skin etc, along with a health brain and mind, then they need to seriously consider the quality of their natural compost, which of course they can do through what they eat and drink plus by taking more care of their microbiome.
After all our microbiome is not only helping to breakdown the food we eat, it is, like compost, hugely important in generating and providing additional significant nutrients for our mind and body to thrive.
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