Dirt Have Stronger Immune System

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Kids Who Play in the Dirt Have Stronger Immune Systems (NaturalNews) Since the nineteen fifties, parents have been meticulous about their young children not getting dirty. The 'germ theory' of disease has caused almost a phobic reaction to anything that smacks of grit. Babies are kept in playpens so they won't get in the mud (and also to allow the parents freedom to put their attention elsewhere than on the kiddos). If the baby is put on the floor, a large blanket protects from the elements. Big sister has to police the little one to make sure the boundaries are kept. Heaven help the Little boy who wants to go out and splash in newly formed puddles after the rain finally stops. Rain lasts forever for a little guy that has to stay…show more content…
Finally, it will be much easier to get the dozen servings of fruits and vegetables that your body craves. You will find these too improve your immune system and your mood. Children should be allowed to play in the dirt, new research suggests Children should be allowed to play in the dirt because being too clean can impair the skin’s ability to heal itself, new research suggests. Scientists have discovered that bacteria on the surface of the skin play an important role in combating inflammation when we get hurt. The bugs dampen down overactive immune responses, which can lead to rashes or cause cuts and bruises to become swollen and painful. The findings support previous research which suggests that exposure to germs during early childhood can prime the immune system to prevent allergies. The so-called “hygiene hypothesis” has previously been used to explain why increasing numbers of children suffer allergies such as eczema and hay fever in more developed…show more content…
The team, led by dermatologist Professor Richard Gallo, found that common bacteria called staphylococci, can reduce inflammation after injury, when they are present on the skin's surface. Prof Gallo said: “These germs are actually good for us.” He said that his team identified for the first time ever a previously unknown mechanism by which a product of staphylococci prevents inflammation. The effect occurs because of a molecule called staphylococcal lipoteichoic acid that acts on keratinocytes, the primary cell type found in the epidermis – or outer skin layer. Prof Gallo, whose findings are published in Nature Medicine, added: "The exciting implication of the work is that it provides a molecular basis to understand the hygiene hypothesis and has uncovered elements of the wound repair response that were previously unknown. "This may help us devise new therapeutic approaches for inflammatory skin diseases." Parents Outloud, the pressure group, said the research provides scientific support for its campaign to prevent children being mollycoddled by health and safety

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