For those lucky enough to have a garden and you are a keen gardener who enjoys growing their own fruit and veg, you will know that preparing the ground is an important first step. This typically requires digging in the compost, before you, or perhaps with your children’s help, you start sowing the seeds.
It was thinking about this first step that the thought arose: what a helpful way to also express the importance of our gut microbiome, the significance of the gut-brain connection and also in terms of the supporting the ‘roots’ of healthy growth: the very nature of the compost that gets dug into gardens is likely to impact the quality of the fruit and veg that is harvested or the flowers that bloom. In many cases it’s typically a mix of bought and home ‘grown’ compost that many people use.
Perhaps you are wondering how this is all relevant to your gut microbiome. Well it is simply that our gut or digestive system is an amazing natural ‘compost generator’ which we have only started to really appreciate, thanks to the rapidly growing science that is exploring the human gut microbiome.
Taking that thought a little further, and relating it back to the vegetable plot : The quality of compost generated from food waste, although influenced by a number factors, will be especially dependent on the nature of the food waste plus the environment supporting the microorganisms that supports the breakdown of the waste.
So, that lead to contemplating what the likely outcome would be if it was possible to compare and contrast the quality of fruit and veg grown using compost generated from food waste when a family consumes an unbalanced selection of foods and drink vs that of a family eating a wider range of food types?
Perhaps that scenario could be useful in helping to explain to children and adults that for them to grow, or maintain, healthy bones, muscle, teeth, hair, skin etc, along with a health brain and mind, they need good quality natural compost, which comes from eating and drinking a diet that helps to take more care of their microbiome.
After all our microbiome is not only helping to breakdown the food we eat, it is, like compost, hugely important in generating and providing additional significant nutrients for our mind and body to thrive.
And of course the more fertile the ‘soil’, the more the roots will embed for ‘Tree’ to thrive. And just look what appears when our (rather special) tree is turned upside down!