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Gardening and the Gut Microbiome

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

Did you know that regular exposure to dirt can improve the health of the microbiome and help regulate the immune response?

Gardening and the gut microbiome
ID: A small home veggie patch with tomatoes, basil and paprika.

A recent clinical trial in children showed that a 28 day environment biodiversity intervention improved the skin microbiome, modulated the immune response to increase tolerance and increased the ratio of anti-inflammatory to inflammatory immune mediators. In this trial, day-care centres covered the ground in forest floor and sod and the children regularly visited nearby forests.

(Roslund et al., 2020)

Taking up gardening is a simple way to both increase your intake of fresh seasonal vegetables and support your microbiome and immune system!

The image above is my recently planted veggie garden which is thriving despite the summer heat with the aid of a tarp 🌞


Roslund, M. I., Puhakka, R., Grönroos, M., Nurminen, N., Oikarinen, S., Gazali, A. M., Cinek, O., Kramná, L., Siter, N., Vari, H. K., Soininen, L., Parajuli, A., Rajaniemi, J., Kinnunen, T., Laitinen, O. H., Hyöty, H., & Sinkkonen, A. (2020). Environmental Studies biodiversity intervention enhances immune regulation and health-associated commensal microbiota among daycare children. Science Advances, 6(42).


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