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.

Tending the Garden Within

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


Dr. Alan Greene

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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