Eating dirt can be good for you – just ask babies

Eating dirt can be good for you - just ask babies - The New York Times

The next time your kids get sick, tell them to go eat dirt

 The New York Times  recently wrote an interesting article on the benefits that children receive when they expose their immune system to dirt.  In the super clean environments that we now raise our kids, the essential factors for developing a strong, robust immune system are missing.   Apparently our bodies learned long-ago to use these microorganisms to help with digestion and other healthy bodily functions necessary for proper development.

 In studies of what is called the hygiene hypothesis, researchers are concluding that organisms like the millions of bacteria, viruses and especially worms that enter the body along with “dirt” spur the development of a healthy immune system. Several continuing studies suggest that worms may help to redirect an immune system that has gone awry and resulted in autoimmune disorders, allergies and asthma.

So in other words, let kids be kids.  Let them play in the dirt, jump through the leaves and build sand castles at the beach.  It’s giving their immune system a work-out that will help reduce real bacterial infections in the future.

…children who grow up on farms and are frequently exposed to worms and other organisms from farm animals are much less likely to develop allergies and autoimmune diseases 

You can check out the full article with the link below.   Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Eating dirt can be good for you – just ask babies – The New York Times.

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