How clean is too clean?
Did you know our bodies are populated by billions of microscopic organisms? Living in our gut, mouth, nose, lungs and reproductive tract and all over our skin these populations of microbes naturally form what’s called the human microbiome, an essential part of our development and lifelong health.
Together, these microbes help break down food, make some B vitamins, keep your skin healthy, and have an important role in the development of the immune system. Which is why creating an environment that exposes your child to a range of microbes is a good thing.
Encouraging your child to play outside, crawl around on the grass, and get a little dirty benefits their microbiome.