Be dirty to be healthy!

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Since childhood we are suggested with an idea that clean body is essential for being healthy. They even say that cleanliness is next to godliness. But is it really so good to be absolutely clean? Apparently not. According to experts being too clean could actually be bad for health.

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Scientists warn that people’s obsession with hygiene could be impairing skin’s ability to stay healthy. Bacteria on the skin’s surface play an active role in preventing rashes and damping down cuts and bruises.

For example, the fact that children develop more and more allergies can be easily explained. Kids’ immune systems do not develop properly because they are not exposed to enough bugs and dirt, no matter how ridiculous it might sound for us.

Statistics shows that over 40 per cent of Britons have an allergy, and increasingly clean lifestyles can be a possible cause.

Scientists at the University of California in San Diego claim that exposure to microbes can be beneficial to health. Those very bacteria, which dampen down immune responses and cause cuts and bruises to become swollen and painful, are truly good for people’s health. These, for instance, are staphylococcal species which cause inflammation when introduced beneath the skin’s surface but they do not trigger inflammation when present on the epidermis or outer layer of skin. Moreover, the studies on mice and human cell cultures show they reduced inflammation.

The results of the research have been published online in the journal Nature Medicine.

A few words to conclude: There are about 100 trillion microbes living on or inside the human body. And many are vital for health, deterring dangerous bacteria from entering the body and strengthening the immune system. So, my dear readers, being clean is perfect but don’t be too zealous.

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Mona Liz

Mona Liz is a beauty and healthy lifestyle enthusiast with a passion for writing, music, cats, fitness, and food.

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