Over the past several months I’ve loosened the reigns on our daughter regarding playing in natural dirt. I’ve come to realize it’s all a part of the process of just growing up. But more so than that, I remembered what it was like as a kid and how I was able to just play outside, get dirty and just have fun.
I certainly want that for my little one!
So, if you have kids Im sure they have stuffed their mouth with a handful of dirt at some point. Or if they haven’t yet, you’ve probably heard a grandma or anyone for that matter say, a little dirt wont harm you! Well, its true apparently.
Here’s some latest news and research we’ve learned about dirt from Dr. Mercola.
Abnormal gut flora. An excessive focus on a germ-free environment is another potential contributing factor that impairs immune function. In 2008, animal research13 suggested that beneficial bacteria could protect against the development of type 1 diabetes. There is a good deal of evidence that a contributor to the rising rates of type 1 diabetes is raising our children in too sterile an environment. Many parents religiously use antibacterial soaps and keep their children away from the natural dirt, germs, viruses and other grime of childhood.
Antibiotics, which kill all of the good and bad bacteria in the gut, are also overused in childhood. The lesson here is, it’s okay to let your child get dirty. Use plain soap and water for washing. Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary, and feed them naturally fermented foods such as yogurt, pickles and sauerkraut.
Read the rest of the article here. Pretty interesting stuff regarding diabetes and how to reverse those issues from childhood.
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