Once again, my mom is right.
For years, she has been talking about how great it feels to get her hands in the dirt in her garden.
“It does something for my soul” she will often say.
Well science is now proving that there is something to her theory.
In dirt lives a good bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae. When exposed to this bacteria, patients reported increases in their quality of life, including a brighter mood.
The dirt-and-Prozac connection surfaced a couple of years ago when a study was done at the University of Bristol and University College London. They exposed lung cancer patients to this common, inoffensive microbe called Mycobacterium vaccae, found in soil. Researchers found that this bacteria stimulated the production of seratonin, our happy hormone.