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SBOs � Soil Based Organisms
The Benefits of These Friendly Bacteria
You might remember from your childhood when you and your friends, perhaps with your dog, ran around outdoors -- getting your body covered with dirt, chasing bugs, and wrestling with each other. Childhood years are a time to enjoy a close, "ground-level" relationship with nature. Our modern urban lifestyle is giving people -- not only children but also adults and even animals -- fewer and fewer opportunities to be close to the earth and direct contact with the soil. In fact, for the past decade, we are getting more focused on eliminating as many germs from our environments as possible. We use products such as antibacterial soaps and chemical household cleaners, and the distance between humans and beneficial microorganisms seems to be getting farther and farther.

The idea of taking probiotics, whether in yogurt or in supplement forms, is getting more popular. Science has been discovering the important roles that friendly bacteria play in our digestive systems. In more recent years, scientists are also finding out that our environment benefits from microorganisms as well. These microorganisms are called Soil-Based Organisms (SBOs).

Just like probiotics, SBOs are beneficial bacteria which live abundantly in the healthy soil and keep the condition of the soil in balance. SBOs provide nutrients to the soil, purify it, and keep undesirable bacteria, fungi, yeasts from overgrowing and taking over the soil ecosystem. SBOs contribute to the growth of healthy plants and nutritious vegetables. Without SBOs, the soil will lose its natural vitality. Weak soil can become an inviting ground for undesirable organisms such undesirable bacteria and molds.

The use of pesticides, herbicides, chemicals in recent years in both farms and homes has resulted in a decrease of SBOs in the soil. The consequence is weaker plants and vegetables that lack vitality and are susceptible to ill conditions.

Plants are not the only things that benefit from SBOs -- animals benefit from SBOs as well. SBOs work the same way in our digestive system as they work in the soil. Before food industrialization and technology became widespread, people ate fresh fruits and vegetables harvested directly from the soil or from trees that grew in good rich earth. Dogs, cats, and other animals nibbled on wild grass. These foods and plants contained SBOs. People took SBOs naturally as part of their daily diet. SBOs in the body support good digestion and the immune system as well as keeping undesirable bacteria in check.

Our modern lifestyle has led us and our companion animals to eat diets that are often processed and preserved with chemicals, with no presence of SBOs. The over-sanitized conditions in public and at home also led to the decreased amount of or contact with Soil-based organisms, combined with taking antibiotics which kill both friendly and unfriendly bacteria. Such an industrialized lifestyle is making it harder for us to take friendly bacteria naturally.

Friendly bacteria and soil-based organisms exist in harmony with all the living creatures on earth � humans, animals, and environments - in a delicate balance. In order to maintain this harmony, it takes careful consideration from a broader and more holistic perspective. Our health depends on the health of the foods we eat. The health of the foods depends on the health of the soil they grow in. The health of the soil depends on the humans who take care of it� Beneficial bacteria play their part in the circle of life.

Special Note: Although every effort has been made to present healthy products and useful information to support your pets' health, the products and information contained within this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The contents of this site are not meant as a substitute for consultation with a trained veterinarian. If you are concerned about the health of your pets, you should ask your veterinarian for proper guidance suited to the specific condition of your pets. The owners of this website accept no liability for any consequences resulting from the use of products and/or information provided through this site. Please use your discretion when attending to your pets' health.
Special thanks to Fintan Darragh, Rich Bensen, Maggie, Jiji, and Mary Crissman for providing our pet pictures!
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