Caution, fellow urbanites: Your kids might not be getting enough quality dirt.
It turns out that there’s organism commonly found in soil called Mycobacterium vaccae that might help cognitive health. In a recent study, mice exposed to this bacterium were significantly smarter and less anxiety-ridden than their bacteria-free friends. Dr. Dorothy Matthews presented these findings at the American Society of Microbiology earlier this year.
If you want to learn more about our modern distance from dirt and how missing out on M. vaccae might affect us, check out this ABC News article.