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16

Aug

Dirt: The missing link in our climate modelEarth’s soils are amazingly complex, diverse systems of organisms that chew on carbon and influence the planet’s atmosphere.

Dirt: The missing link in our climate model
Earth’s soils are amazingly complex, diverse systems of organisms that chew on carbon and influence the planet’s atmosphere.

21

Jul

Tune up your immune system in the gardenFor hundreds of years, the human immune system has relied on a regular stream of biological tourists for health, but when things get too squeaky clean, there’s a problem. An easy fix: Go dig in the dirt for a while.

Tune up your immune system in the garden
For hundreds of years, the human immune system has relied on a regular stream of biological tourists for health, but when things get too squeaky clean, there’s a problem. An easy fix: Go dig in the dirt for a while.

10

Dec

Disgust makes dirt more visibleThe more sensitive to disgust, the more likely people are to pick out different shades of white and gray.

Disgust makes dirt more visible
The more sensitive to disgust, the more likely people are to pick out different shades of white and gray.

08

Mar

Most of us spend considerable time trying to eliminate dirt from our lives, but evidence suggests it might be time to rethink things. Dining on dirt and clay — geophagy — not only seems to soothe the stomach but may also eliminate bad bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins from the gut. Animals as well as people in tribal and rural societies (particularly pregnant women and young children) have been doing it since the dawn of time. In fact, dirt eating is culturally sanctioned and even encouraged in many parts of the world. Check out some other odd ways to improve your health.

Most of us spend considerable time trying to eliminate dirt from our lives, but evidence suggests it might be time to rethink things. Dining on dirt and clay — geophagy — not only seems to soothe the stomach but may also eliminate bad bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins from the gut. Animals as well as people in tribal and rural societies (particularly pregnant women and young children) have been doing it since the dawn of time. In fact, dirt eating is culturally sanctioned and even encouraged in many parts of the world. Check out some other odd ways to improve your health.

07

Jun

Why some humans eat dirtIn what is typically thought of as a “gustatory mistake,” some people enjoy eating earth clay and dirt. There are multiple suggested reasons for this, but this metanalysis hints that the most likely reason is the protective effect of the earth on stomachs.

Why some humans eat dirt
In what is typically thought of as a “gustatory mistake,” some people enjoy eating earth clay and dirt. There are multiple suggested reasons for this, but this metanalysis hints that the most likely reason is the protective effect of the earth on stomachs.