If you want to keep your family – and yourself – healthy, stop cleaning.
Yes, you DID read that right.
Put down the bleach, back away from the Formula 409, and put the mop back in the closet.
It turns out that in our quest to keep our homes clean and safe for our families, our all-out-war on bacteria may be destroying our immune systems instead.
Let me explain.
Educate your immune system with bacteria
Bacteria aren’t always the enemy. They actually educate your immune system. Teaching it how to react to unknown or strange substances.
But modern-day hygiene and cleaning practices have short-circuited this essential learning process.
By not allowing ourselves to be exposed to a variety of substances our immune systems never learn what they need to learn. As a result our digestive systems are lacking the bacterial diversity they used to have.
So when your body is presented with a harmless, but unknown, substance your immune system, not having been properly prepared, can overreact.
A false alarm is triggered kicking your immune system into attack mode in what is known as an allergic reaction.
Severe allergic reactions are on the rise
With 1 in 3 Americans being affected, severe allergic reactions are becoming commonplace.
Sometimes the reaction is so extreme a person can go into anaphylactic shock causing a drop in blood pressure, swelling and even death. (We’ve all read the tragic headlines when a child dies of an extreme nut or dairy allergy.)
So, we’ve quite literally mopped ourselves into a corner. Now what?
In order to turn the tide we’re going to have to start with giving up on the antibacterials that have invaded everything from hand soap to children’s toys (yup, they’re making antibacterial kids toys these days.)
Lay off the cleaning and grab a probiotic
And we’re going to have to lay off all the over-cleaning, put away our spray bottles and let our kids be exposed to a little dust and dirt every once in awhile.
Their immune systems depend on it.
You don’t have to live in filth. Just stop overdoing it. And to undo some of the damage that’s already been done consider a quality probiotic. Look for one with 5 to 20 billion organisms and that contains human tested strains such as B. longum, L rhamnosus and L. acidophilus.
Probiotics are safe for the whole family and they can give your gut that extra boost of flora it needs to get back on track.
Meanwhile I’ll be channeling my inner Messy Marvin.