It’s a popular quote that too much of everything is bad!!!! But these days it’s all about the excessive doing, especially in case of children……. Excessive junk food eating, excessive television and excessive modernization!!! Children in yester years would play in the dirt and mud and come home drenched in absolute filth. But these days, neither the children have time for this nor do the parents like them playing in the dirt or doing something that disgusts them. But all being too clean and tidy can result in health risk especially the one related to the immune system.Yup, who would have thought keeping children clean at all times might be bad though, right? Believe it or not, it is.
Why should Children be exposed to germs?
Studies prove that if in young age children are not exposed to germs, their immune system doesn’t develop.We are well aware of the fact that a child’s brain needs stimulation in order for it to send and receive signals and to develop correctly. In the same manner, it is necessary that the immune system is exposed to dust, dirt, pollen, molds or allergens to help it in learning how to tackle the invaders which in turn results in a stronger immunity. If the immune system doesn’t go through this process, it later back fires with diseases and illnesses. Moreover, if you take antibiotics or medicines to curb this problem; it might actually aggravate it. With every course of antibiotics you take, your immunity keeps dripping down. Moreover, antibiotics, anti bacterial soaps and vaccinations restrain development of healthy immune system.
Why healthy immune system is necessary?
It is observed that children, who get chicken pox or measles once, then have immunity towards these diseases for their lifetime. On the other hand, who do not contract these diseases and yet receive vaccinations for the same, have to take booster shots to be continuously immune to these diseases. In the similar manner, children are also prone to diabetes. A study showed that vulnerability to Type 1 diabetes is likely when a child is refrained from the exposure of microbes and parasites. Also, a research is already in progress to prove that a reduction in a person’s immunity can be instrumental in elevation and development of Type 1 diabetes and many other autoimmune illnesses.
What to do for Healthy Immune Functionality?
There are certain practices which would help in developing and supporting a healthy immune system. This can be done with the help of a diet which includes vegetables, fruits, omega- 3 fatty acids and fermented foods. But it is necessary to restrain from a diet high in carbohydrate, sugar and artificial additives.
A strong immune system, early on, can aid in prevention of diseases and illnesses initiated through exposure to dust, allergens, germs and the like. It is believed that letting the children get dirty in their younger years can help them to stay healthy in the long term as the exposure to the germs,at least to some extent, is beneficial to the immune system.