Over the years, I have taught more and more about the gut microbiome and how to steward a healthy gut. It is a promising topic as it impacts the endocrine, nervous, and immune systems. When the gut is in balance, the body is in balance.
One of my favorite practices that I encourage people to do is this: go out to your favorite forest. Go to that forest that you connect with — a place that fills your heart and where you feel at peace. Brush the top layer of leaves away and expose some soil. Take a tiny pinch of that soil and put it in your mouth. Swish it around and swallow it.
You’re done. You’ve just inoculated yourself with wildness.
OR you could buy a fancy probiotic from the shelf (which we need to do sometimes). Most probiotics list “soil bacteria” as one of their main ingredients now. This just baffles me… But, of course, with a culture far removed from its wildness and the forest (or even fresh produce from the garden or farm), this doesn’t surprise me.