Tending the Garden Within

Just like you tend your vegetable or flower garden, take the time to tend your inner microbial garden, nurturing your body.

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 rainforest in and on each of our bodies that is linked to a healthier immune system. Like a farmer and his soil, we must tend to and nurture our body’s needs. It’s time for a new way of thinking I call “micro-gardening.”

 

Published on: June 19, 2012
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Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
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