Eat Your Veggies…with Farm Fresh Dirt
Yes, I really mean eat dirt. But, to be fair, make sure that it is organic and is stuck to a root vegetable for the best results. The Healthy Home Economist enlightened me today, giving me a huge Ah ha moment when she explained why SBOs, Soil-Based Organisms, are significant to the healing of the gut for optimal health and ultimately, weight loss.
The specific strains of beneficial bacteria found in this environment (dirt on veggies) will speed up the removal of waste in the digestive system and help the probiotics in fermented foods to become more established. She says,
“So what’s missing from fermented foods that a person on a gut healing diet really needs? According to Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome and creator of the GAPS Diet, the soil based probiotics, and in particular, the strain Bacillus subtilis are a very important psiece of the gut healing puzzle.”
If you don’t want to grind your teeth into some dirt, then drinking well water and “eating unwashed plant matter (vegetables, herbs, fruits, seeds) that is freshly picked” is the way to go.
While I have always purchased refrigerated probiotic brands to keep on hand for illnesses, probiotic supplements that have SBOs included in the mix do not need refrigeration to retain potency. Dr. Campbell-McBride makes a probiotic that includes some of the SBOs called Bio-Kult, which is known to be extremely effective in healing the gut and severe digestive disorders.
Yet the scientific data is still a bit unsure about the quantity and quality of these dirt organisms into the overall daily diet of many people, especially since immune deficiencies can be negatively impacted by the addition of potentially pathogenic material directly into the gut in large quantities.
“Even though soil probiotics serve as natural inoculation when ingested, this does not make them appropriate strains for probiotic supplements. Now that our gut microbiomes are less familiar with SBOs (due to a decrease in exposure), and most of our gut microbiomes are compromised, they can compete with our resident gut flora rather than complement them. In some instances, SBOs can become pathogenic, and this scenario is more likely when an individual has dysbiosis or a microbial imbalance.” (source: Hyperbiotics)
However, after researching these SBOs, clearly the addition of some farm fresh dirty plants will benefit your gut health, leading to weight loss. According to The Candida Diet website:
“Soil-based organisms are ‘endospore-forming’ bacteria, which are naturally hardier and better able to withstand the challenging environment of the stomach. These means that soil-based probiotics differ from regular probiotics in two important ways:
- They are much more likely to make it to the small intestine intact.
This means that a soil-based probiotic supplement needs to contain much fewer colony forming units (CFUs) than a lactic acid-based supplement. It also eliminates the need for special coatings or manufacturing techniques that are used to deliver lactic acid-based bacteria.
- They colonize the gut more effectively.
This enables us to reduce our dosage to ‘maintenance’ levels much sooner, without worrying that the health benefits of the probiotics will disappear.
“Probiotics like Prescript-Assist, which contain soil-based organisms, may be more suitable for some individuals who aren’t getting the results they want from lactic acid-based probiotics.” (source: The Candida Diet)
Ferment the Dirt
This is where buying produce at a local, (possibly) organic, farm stand is really beneficial and the easiest way to eat dirt for weight loss. Eat the farm fresh veggies raw or lightly steamed, with just a quick rinse (or not!) in order to get these beneficial and naturally occurring soil microbiomes into your digestive system to help flush toxins faster.
Farm fresh dirt just might be what your gut needs to help the beneficial bacteria from probiotic foods and drinks repopulate your gut health to get you to your optimal weight. Check out local farm share seasonal programs for locally grown delivered/pick up produce with plenty of SBOs.
Can I eat clay instead?
The Healthy Home Economist article definitely got me thinking about the Diatomaceous earth and clay eaters as well, which help the body to detox and move toxins out of the body faster.
You’ve probably already eaten the healthy white powder called diatomaceous earth without knowing it if you prepare your own whole grains. Similarly, those of you living in drier, less dirt and more clay ground areas have eaten Bentonite clay with your home grown or local produce veggies as well!
“Most high-grade natural sodium bentonite is produced from the western United States in an area between the Black Hills ofSouth Dakota and the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming and the Tokat Resadiye region of Turkey. Mixed sodium/calcium bentonite is mined in Greece, Australia, India, Russia, and the Ukraine.
“In the United States, calcium bentonite is mined primarily in Mississippi and Alabama. Other major locations producing calcium bentonite include Germany, Greece, Turkey, India, and China” (source).
Dr. Axe reviewed the health benefits of Bentonite Clay, of which I have highlighted those of significance to weight loss through gut health:
- “On top of being able to draw-out toxins from the body, the clay itself has a range of nutrients. Bentonite clay is known to have an abundance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium.”
- “When ingested into the body, either in a drink form or by eating the clay, its vitamins and minerals are absorbed similarly to how a supplement would be.”
- “Proper digestion requires enzymes that are made from alkalizing minerals, so when alkalizing foods do not enter the body, acidity remains high and digestion suffers. Bentonite clay contains alkalizing minerals, which brings the level of the body’s pH to a more optimal balance between acidity and alkalinity, helping to make the blood, saliva and urine more alkaline.”
- “By removing toxins, digestive-distress causing chemicals and heavy metals from the gut, bentonite clay helps to promote the “good bacteria” or probiotics living in your gut wall and decrease the amount of harmful “bad bacteria.”A healthy gut wall prevents us from experiencing malabsorption of nutrients from our food, increases our immunity, and also helps to elevate our mood and brain function. Research has also shown that bentonite clay can bind to particular toxins like “aflatoxins” that are common in the standard diet, found in things like peanuts and some grains.”
Here’s his video on the 10 Proven Bentonite Clay Benefits, with those listed above having a significant impact on gut health for optimal weight loss because of the ability to boost absorption.
The healthy white powder: Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
“Diatomaceous earth is a naturally-formed sedimentary mineral rock. It’s derived from the remains of diatoms, or oceanic unicellular algae,” says Dr. Edward Group of Global Healing Center. “Food-grade diatomaceous earth is composed of approximately 85% silica. This important, trace mineral is required by tendons, cartilage, blood vessels, and bones. The nutrient even contributes to almost every vital organ, including the heart, liver, and lungs. Food was the primary source of naturally-occurring silica before modern farming practices depleted the soil.”
A complete, non-biased personal research and review of DE can be read on the Happy Homemaker88’s website, which has over 8 million views, written back in October 2014. An oldie, but goodie. I couldn’t help but feel motivated by her research! Check it out here: Nature’s Incredible Food Grade DE.
What makes DE extremely beneficial for weight loss is its composition of almost 85% silica, and without question, multitudes of people experience weight loss with only 1-3 Tablespoons with plenty of water daily. Smoothies, anyone?! It is pretty tasteless, so you can sprinkle it on anything. Start slowly, using 1 teaspoon and working your way up to what is comfortable for your digestion.
Without a doubt, I highly recommend boosting your body’s detoxing system with DE to give your body a quick kick toward your optimal weight.
Reset Your Weight
I’ve given you three ways you can eat dirt to lose weight:
- Farm fresh produce with the dirt still visible prepared raw, lightly steamed, or fermented
- Bentonite Clay supplement when your body needs help detoxifying from built up toxins
- DE sprinkled in with whole grains to help keep them fresh in long term storage; added to smoothies and other foods and drinks to help the body absorb more nutrients
I’m almost loving dirt as much as bone broth and probiotics! LOL 😉 Mud pie, anyone, with a side of fermented cucumber or cabbage?
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