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Playing in mud boosts children’s immune systems





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There is considerable evidence that playing in nature and getting dirty is not only good for children’s minds but also supports a healthy immune system. This is according to an exploration of research published in October 2022 by BBC Future.

The analysis of global research shows that in addition to well-established psychological benefits, exposure to some microorganisms found in soil can train the immune system to cope better with illness. Evidence shows that friendly microbes can decrease the likelihood of:

  • asthma
  • skin problems such as eczema and dermatitis
  • allergies
  • auto-immune disorders like Crohn’s disease
  • bodily responses to stress such as inflammation.

The research analysis draws on studies carried out in a range of countries, including Finland, Italy, Switzerland and Korea.

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