Who wants to get dirty?

OK, I admit it. I used that title so you would click on the link to find out what I mean. Thank you for clicking! Stay with me… I’ll explain.

Many years ago I became obsessed with the health and wellness field. After watching my lovely parents both die from miserable diseases, I just could not ignore the pull I was feeling towards this topic.

My sister, brother, and I were intimately involved in caring for our parents as they progressed through illness and as they passed away.  After witnessing their decline and suffering, I dedicated myself to finding ways to help educate people about all-things-health and possibilities for a better future than what they may believe they have.

Several years ago I stumbled upon a podcast that featured Dr. Robynne Chutkan who talked about the microbiome in ways that I had never considered. The microbiome is defined as “…all of the organisms that live in or on your body: all of the bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and heminths (worms, for those of us who have them), as well as all of their genes” (Chutkan, Microbiome 3).

In a nutshell, Chutkan asserts that we can re-invigorate our microbiome by living dirty, eating better, and saying no to many of the Western medical protocols in place for managing minor illness. Yep, after reading and learning about Dr. Chutkan’s work over the years, I completely agree and would also add a heaping helping of healthy habits to the mix.  You can’t fix the microbiome without fixing your thoughts, behaviors, and habits because fixing things takes a little elbow grease.

Many of you know that I am a runner. You may also know that there are many days when I teach hot yoga super early in the morning, then go for a run, and then head straight to the office. Yes, that’s right! I do not always shower after these activities. This has been going on for a long time, so don’t be shocked. When I read about Chutkan’s mantra Live Dirty, Eat Clean, I was over-the-moon excited.

If living dirty and other simple lifestyle practices are good for my health and my microbiome, then bring on the dirt. Chutkan is a brilliant, highly credentialed researcher and physician so I am not going to try to paraphrase the things that she talked about in her recent presentation at the World Government Summit but I highly recommend that you take 30 minutes out of your busy day and listen to this presentation. If you suffer from auto immune disorders, gut issues, disease, obesity, even mental health related issues, this is important for you. Wait, never mind. Chutkan’s work on living dirty, coupled with mindful behavior changes, is important for EVERYONE.

If you are reading this, then you have already taken the first step toward better health. Read and learn all you can….be your own healer. I am so happy to have you a part of this community whether you’re reading from my blog, on our private Facebook group – For the Health of It, or are receiving this because you signed up for my newsletter.  There is a ton of good information out there and I do my best to filter through the noise and pass along information that I believe to be significant and important.  Chutkan’s work is both.

For the Health of It!


One Reply to “Who wants to get dirty?”

  1. I’ve been living dirty since birth! I play in it, sleep in it (outdoors) and even eat a bit of it! It scares me how many mothers I see using antibacterial products on their children. Their little immune systems don’t stand a chance.

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