Digestive Microbes & Weight Loss

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  • New research shows digestive microbes may have a powerful influence on weight
  • Modern day lifestyle has reduced the number of these digestive microbes in our diet
  • How to find digestive microbes

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14 comments on “Digestive Microbes & Weight Loss
  1. Cecilia Garner says:

    Well... How to get the dirt in? I can't believe this idea even occurred to me, or that I'm going to admit it to you all 🙂

    There are several real foods that I know I lack in my diet and need, and if its something I desperately need and cannot stand the taste or texture or whatever then I pop it in a capsule. Like, when I first started with chia seeds, I really disliked the taste. Popped them in a capsule and, BAM, I was eating chia seeds. Not ideal, I know, but it works as a transition, and now I can eat or drink chia easily.

    Anyway, I've got the means to make capsules and I can't stand the thought of eating dirt (though I really don't wash any fresh organic produce anyway but it seems to already come so clean...). So maybe I'll find myself a decomposing tree or dark, rich soil (like the horse has found) and pop some in a capsule. Crazy idea, I know, but I'll try anything to improve my health 🙂

  2. Pixie says:

    Fascinating Jon, thank you. Reminds me of guide camp, eating food that regularly fell on the ground. Delicious!

  3. Sherry Funk says:

    Well just makes me laugh I'm willing to try almost anything but in fact I remember when my mom dared my nieces and nephews to try eating real live worms right out of the ground and most of them did it I think she may have fried it though in the end but for sure there was a bit of fruit also oil on them. I think it's funny that we try to stop kids from eating dirt when they're outside maybe they actually know what's good for themselves

  4. Sharon H says:

    you sure know how to stretch ones mind.... I can easily get dirty organic food but will have to show my organic farmer friends this one to see if they comprehend the microbe aspect...... Is this common to the permaculture community? Mostly I hear them talk about bugs and variety to assure the health of the plant life, or how to work with wood chips and not have to weed..... No talk on the dirt... or else I just wasn't listening to that part....... Will check it out. Thanks for always going the extra mile for our knowledge...

  5. Catherine Bell says:

    Excellent message and more reasons to forage food when possible in wild environment. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. bluealmond says:

    All makes perfect sense! I'd like to know what non-dirt ways might be to support the system, knowing that eating dirt isn't always going to fly! 😉

  7. Really interesting.. It sounds from Katherine's comment as if leafmold from the local wood would be as good as keeping a wormy compost, it makes me wonder if field mushrooms and wild berries.. Etc have the good microbes in them or is it just the soil...
    Does anyone know if there might be a microbe difference in home made compost made in plastic compost bins and compost made in traditional wooden bins..

  8. Katherine Potter says:

    So interesting, Jon. Triggers an understanding of what my horse is doing sometimes. He has had issues with ulcers for many years. Sometimes when I am riding in the woods, which is rare these days he will stop dead over a very decomposed tree trunk or very dark, rich soil and just start chowing down. It's clear to me that he is missing something in his diet even though he is outside eating grass that has dirt on it - it is not rich dark soil like he finds in the woods. Amazing.