Health Benefits of Delta…Dirt!

   Posted by: Phil   in Child Health

Health Benefits of Delta Dirt!

Most Delta parents know about the health benefits of gardening as a family: spending time outdoors, working together, establishing a connection to the food we eat, better nutrition, and many more.

Something not so well known in Delta is that the dirt itself contains beneficial bacteria that can aid in depression, cognitive functioning, and even in fighting some cancers.

Working with soil in Delta – digging, pulling weeds, harvesting vegetables – exposes BC kids and parents to a strain of bacteria called mycobacterium vaccae. Recent research reveals that m. vaccae triggers the release of seratonin, which can elevate mood and reduce stress.

In one study, two groups of mice were fed peanut butter sandwiches before finding their way through a difficult maze. One of the groups had m. vaccae spread on the sandwiches. The mice that ingested the bacteria ran the maze twice as fast and exhibited half as many stress behaviors as the mice that didn’t have the bacteria.

Think of Delta kids in the ‘good ole’ days,’ running around on unpaved roads, playing in meadows, forests, and dirt piles, and half of the time probably bare-foot. It is quite a different childhood than the sanitized version that exists in our society today. Children not only need more time out-of-doors, but they need to get dirty! Let your Delta neighbors hear you yell: ‘Kids, go outside and get dirty!’

Langley, Surrey, and Richmond parents may do themselves and their children a favor by adding to their kids’ emotional, physical, and intellectual health by letting them play in the dirt!

My name is Phil Hoskins and I want to help Delta families raise healthy, happy kids. Issues such as proper nutrition for children and childhood obesity in Langley concern me. I am the owner of a Vancouver area home business that sells Peanut Butter Cups.

The following blog post was used as source material for this blog:

Sachs, Naomi, “It’s in the Dirt: Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter.” Therapeutic Landscapes Network. (Jan. 24, 2011), http://www.healinglandscapes.org/blog/2011/01/its-in-the-dirt-bacteria-in-soil-makes-us-happier-smarter/ accessed March 14, 2012

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I am Phil Hoskins, and I am a Delta-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in March 2008. I sell the industry-leading Activ, the healthy chocolate beverage and Peanut Butter Cups online and in Delta, Richmond, Surrey, and Langley. Our valued Vancouver customers recommend Peanut Butter Cups because Peanut Butter Cups ‘allows me the freedom of running my own business and help others in the process.

Xocai is also a fantastic Activ, the healthy chocolate beverage home-based business in the Vancouver area. BC entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand BC healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xocai, visit http://philhoskins.com/more-about-xocai.

Call me at 604.943.8598 to own your own Activ, the healthy chocolate beverage business in Delta, Richmond, Surrey, or Langley.

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