Tending the Garden Within

Tending the Garden Within

One of my favorite gardening activities is digging potatoes. Rich soil hides delicious, nutritious gems like the ones in the image above from our garden.

Organic farmers talk about tending the soil — nurturing the soil so it can nurture the plants that provide fruits and vegetables for us to use in building healthy bodies. Rich, organic soil includes vast quantities of bacteria that are essential to keeping the soil healthy.

When I look at our garden, and dig in the soil, I’m reminded of our own microbial garden — a thriving, varied microscopic garden in and on each of our bodies that is linked to a healthier immune system. Like a farmer and his soil, we need to tend to our body’s garden.  It’s time for a new way of thinking I call “micro-gardening.”


Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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