We happened to drive past a small pig farm the other day, and these three charming creatures came running up to the fence to greet us! They were full of inquisitive grunts, and I noticed all the dirt caked on their ears and bodies. It was a hot day and they had probably been wallowing in the mud. It made me think of a newspaper article I just read. Scientists fed lab mice sandwiches. Half of the sandwiches had dirt in them and the other half did not. The mice that ate the dirt navigated through mazes twice as fast and showed less anxiety. And even weeks later, the dirt-fed mice could remember what they had learned for a much longer time. Seems that dirt stimulates the neurons in out brains that create serotonin, which causes feelings of well being. So it is now being suggested that we let our kids play in the dirt because it will help them learn and calm them down. People, we have had it all wrong!! We don't need a cup of coffee in the morning, we need a cup of dirt! I always knew that pigs were smart! But it doesn't surprise me at all that dirt agrees so much with our bodies, and here's why.
"The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." Genesis 2:7
"By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." Genesis 3:19