Gaian Heart Wisdom

Gaia’s Body: Gut Soil Connection

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As a gardener, I have known for many years the importance of good soil for a healthy and productive garden. In the garden the health of the soil is dependent on what nutrients the gardener feeds the soil microbiome; these are the cells of the organisms inhabiting the soil. When I studied horticulture in the mid-90s, I was taught to add fertiliser, not always organic, to the soil every year prior to planting and dig it in. To support the growth of the plants, I was directed to feed the plants weekly with a liquid fertiliser like fish emulsion or a seaweed solution. To keep competing weeds, pests and diseases away, I learnt how to use synthetic and polluting herbicides, fungicides and pesticides.

There was hardly, if any, teachings on the highly specialised and beneficial microbiotic life forms which give form and life to the entire eco-system that makes up a garden. It wasn’t until I studied permaculture that I acquired a deep understanding and appreciation of the diversity of organisms interacting with each other to create each specialised system, interlocking in a symbiotic relationship to give life to this planet, including human beings.

In horticulture I learned how to keep the garden externally focused for its nutrients and to kill whatever life form competed with the plants for space and food or destroyed plants in their effort to feed themselves. Permaculture enlightened me to the specialised role very organism has within the eco-system as a whole and to see myself as an element functioning within the system and not separate to it. I struggled with my garden despite my training in horticulture and even though I love growing food and being in my garden, I felt as tired as my garden looked. Until I began to address the soil as a living diverse system of micro-organisms which deserves my respect and protection, the soil in my garden was dead, water repellent and nutrient deficient.

“It’s not the soil itself – it’s the soil life that is the most important element” Geoff Lawton.

I realised during my studies in living food nutrition and gut health that the similarities between the Earth’s soil and the human gut are profound. Both the soil and the gut are dependent on microbiota for health and life. This means that the organisms supported by the soil and the gut, are also dependent on the microbiota for health and vitality. That’s right, the human body like plants is completely dependent on micro-organisms, like bacteria, for life. It is said that bacteria cells out number human cells 10-1 and are responsible for all the functionality of the human body. The friendly bacteria make it possible for us to digest and absorb nutrients, they line our respiratory tract and filter the air we inhale for impurities. They protect our skin from the environment and assist in producing all the vitamins our body needs. These friendly bacteria also assist brain function through detoxification and the production of neuro transmitters like serotonin. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it, who is more intelligent? Is it the human or the bacteria? Herbalist and author, Stephen H Buhner, says that bacteria are more intelligent and sophisticated than humans. Without them we would die.

Soil is alive when its microbiome is diverse, healthy and strong and it achieves this status naturally through the decomposition of organic matter by worms, fungi, slaters and a variety of other organisms. Many of these organisms rely on the plants to make carbon through photosynthesis and feed them through extradites from the plants roots. In return for this carbon exchange the biota gift the plants with minerals. All the organisms in the eco-system from bacteria, fungi, protozoans, nematodes, to the larger organisms like worms and insects up to the large mammals, benefit from this carbon exchange. The eco-system is a wonderful world of biodiversity where organisms are working and living in harmonic symbiosis with each other to bring about a meaningful experience; the experience of life.

It is clear to see that the human gut is the soil of the body from where the body draws its nutrients. This is why we need to ensure that we are feeding the friendly bacteria in our gut with as much fresh living plant based foods as possible. Their reward to us is a healthy and vibrant body.

Posted 105 weeks ago

3 Superior MicroAlgaes: The Best Superfoods Ever!

A really good and advancedNutritional Life Practice” is to include the 3 Superior MicroAlgaes in our daily diet. Spirulina, Chlorella and Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae are referred to as superior MicroAlgaes and the best superfoods ever because their advanced nutritional value makes them a complete food. Including at least one of these amazing foods in our daily nutritional practice will bring us improved health benefits. However, for truly advanced health benefits, it is best to combine Chlorella with Spirulina or Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae (AFA). While Spirulina and AFA have similar properties which benefit the body in similar ways, Chlorella benefits the body in different ways. Just meditate for a moment on the following combined benefits these superior foods offer us.

Benefits of the 3 Superior MicroAlgaes

  • These are complete foods. They are packed with all the nutrients needed by the human body.

  • Containing up to 65% protein, these MicroAlgaes are the highest protein food on earth producing more protein per acre using less water than it takes to raise cattle for the same amount of protein. Spirulina and Klamath Lake Blue Green algae contain the complete spectrum of eight essential amino acids and ten non-essential amino acids.

  • Full of essential fatty acids and significant sources of Omega-3

  • Improves mental clarity – great brain food. These MicroAlgaes are packed with neuro-chemicals which have clinically been proven to reduce depression and increase joy and creativity.

  • Pregnant women worldwide regularly consume these MicroAlgaes – excellent for baby’s developing brain and keeping the mother’s system clean and healthy.

  • Rich in Magnesium, Zinc (Zinc reduces inflammation), Calcium, Iron (40 – 60 times more iron than spinach). Rich in Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K. Superfood for the heart because of their rich Magnesium content.

  • Rich in Nucleic Acid RNA and DNA which assists in cellular rejuvenation, growth, and repair.

  • 5-30 times more chlorophyll then wheat grass. Chlorella is a plant with the highest content of chlorophyll, however to obtain the benefits of this superfood, chlorella needs to have its cell wall mechanically broken. Usually manufactures will state on the packaging that the cell walls have been broken. Look for this when purchasing chlorella.
  • Chlorophyll health benefits:

    • Purify the liver

    • Improve blood sugar levels

    • Strengthens heart tissue

    • Eliminates body odour

    • Relieves sore throat

    • Improves milk production in nursing mothers
  • Many of the vitamins and minerals in these MicroAlgaes are antioxidants which help in cleaning up the freeradicals.

  • Anti-aging effects.

  • Quick sports recovery.

  • Detoxifies the body.  Chlorella can bind heavy metals and chemicals to its cell wall and eliminate them from the body.

  • Improves the way the body metabolises fat.

  • Builds and supports the immune system.

  • Been around for 3.5 billion years – one of the oldest life forms on Earth.

  • Responsible for 80% of the Earth’s oxygen.

  • MicroAlgae doubles in size every 24 hours – it is really alive!
Posted 175 weeks ago