Back to the Garden

Back to the Garden of Eatin


Wouldn’t it be nice if we could point to a Golden Age of dietary bliss as a standard for living?

I’ve been looking for the perfect diet for the last 4+ years of my life. Over that time I have continued to refine my own dietary and lifestyle practices in accordance with everything I am learning. If there is something I find that I have been doing that could be improved, I don’t hesitate. Out with the old and in with the new. My willingness to change for the sake of improvement is about the only thing still the same after these 4+ years.

One thing that has remained consistently true the whole way is efficiency and conservation of resources. That my body benefits the most when I meet its overall needs at the overall lowest metabolic cost. The greatest amount of nutrients assimilated for the least amount of effort. Simply put…Be easy on my body. Don’t make it work any harder than it needs to in accessing its energy and building blocks composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and phosphorus.

I’ve found that the best way to accomplish this is with an uncooked, whole-food/plant-based diet. And I’ve come to this conclusion, because of the design of our digestive tract, how it functions, and finally taking into consideration the microbial life that inhabits our digestive tract. Some five to eight pounds of microbial life just like the life I find in an acre of topsoil. Some 300 to 500 different kinds of bacteria containing nearly 2 million genes living happily with other tiny organisms like archaea, viruses, and fungi, they make what’s known as the microbiota, or the microbiome.

So I’m thinking…

What are the preferred foods of bacteria and the rest of his gut buddies? What would a thriving acre of topsoil best be served by? What would be the easiest for those topsoil inhabitants to digest and what would be the most difficult?

Seems like the answer should be simple for anyone to answer. Feed our body by properly feeding our microbes.


More reading on topsoil feeding in agriculture: To restore our soils, feed the microbes

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Because I just can’t shut down all these tabs. But they are so distracting…LoL

99% of The Microbes in Our Own Bodies Are Still a Total Mystery to Science

The Human Microbiome: Our Second Genome

Shaping the Metabolism of Intestinal Bacteroides Population through Diet to Improve Human Health

How glycan metabolism shapes the human gut microbiota

New-found link between microbiota and obesity

What is the Healthy Gut Microbiota Composition? A Changing Ecosystem across Age, Environment, Diet, and Diseases

Understanding Microbe-Induced Cancers

Lymphatic Filariasis – Stanford-EDU

Study finds lymphocyte trafficking is controlled by the circadian clock

A Task Force Against Local Inflammation and Cancer: Lymphocyte Trafficking to and Within the Skin

Unusual variants of mycosis fungoides

Fiber-utilizing capacity varies in Prevotella– versus Bacteroides-dominated gut microbiota

Types of Microorganisms – Namely bacteria, archaea, fungi (yeasts and molds), algae, protozoa, and viruses.

The Science Behind Clostridium Difficile: How and Why Does it Grow Inside Us?

Modulation of the Gut Microbiota by Nutrients with Prebiotic and Probiotic Properties