Last of our 3-part series!
This all started after having a walk & talk with a doctor at the off-leash.
I asked her if she had any suggestions on what to do to encourage healthier children.
She answered quickly and with certainty.
Her #1 suggestion caught me off guard. Numbers 2 (exercise) and 3 (remove packaged food from everyone’s diet. Return to whole foods), were not surprising.
So what was the #1 action she would like us to take so we could all be healthier?
Simple. Cheap. Easy to do.
She said the research was conclusive: We need to exposure ourselves to whatever is in the air and in the ground/dirt so our body can build up a resistance to it. (Of course, it is assumed common sense is needed. Don’t go swimming near a waste plant.)
By spending so much time indoors and embracing anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and germ-killing products, we have put ourselves into a weakened state for the inevitable meeting of bacteria, viruses and germs.
In a review of ‘the hygiene hypothesis”, it showed a strong relationship “with the allergic disorders, but there are now good reasons for extending it to autoimmunity, inflammatory bowel disease, neuroinflammatory disorders, atherosclerosis, depression associated with raised inflammatory cytokines, and some cancers.”*
Not only does going outside help the body fight invaders, it also makes people happier.*
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
~E. O. Wilson
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
1. No surprise – get outside! Even sitting outside on your balcony exposes you to the air and all of its ingredients.
2. Expose yourself to the earth. Sit on it. Walk barefoot. Breathe deep. Smell the earth. Smell the plants.
3. When eating organic vegetables, if possible, wash instead of peel.
4. Touch plants (that are safe to touch, of course).
5. Our spooner boards (as seen on Shark Tank) and batboards can be ridden down grassy or sandy hills. Great for adults and children. They also encourage balance (see last week's post).
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Did you ever hear the saying "A child eats a pound of dirt before beginning school"? Maybe there is something to that saying. My mom told me I used to eat dirt frequently when I was still in diapers. Guess my diet was missing something.
What health habits/sayings did your family have? Do you still follow any of them?