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How your salad's hormones affect your belly

Plant hormones

I don't usually post raw links, but this one is an interesting read. Basically, the scientists in question concluded that the hormones in the plants we eat can directly affect both our bodies and our gut microbes.

For example allowing your plants to be exposed to drought conditions prompts those veggies to produce abscisic acid. This chemical has been linked to inflammatory bowel disease and other problems...but at the same time the chemical can help alleviate diabetes. So I guess the upshot is --- consider your own ailments when deciding whether or not to water those brussels sprouts....



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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