People’s immune systems are increasingly over-reacting to substances that should be harmless, often leading to allergies, or worse, causing their immune systems to lose self-tolerance and attacking parts of their own body. Overly sterile food and environments could be at the root of the problem.
The very advances that represent all that is modern in the world – hand sanitizers, treated water, pasteurized food — have contributed to an epidemic of immune-related diseases, like asthma, allergies, eczema and multiple sclerosis.
You’re not meant to exist in a sterilized bubble, isolated from life; you’re designed to spend time outside, play in the dirt, be active — and to get dirty and encounter and develop lasting immunity against potentially infectious agents.
Eating naturally fermented foods, avoiding exposure to unnecessary antibiotics (medically and in your food), avoiding antibacterial soap and allowing your kids to play outside in the dirt are all examples of ways to help your immune system build natural resistance and function properly. From Dirtying Up Our Diets by Dr. Mercola, read more here.
By Åsa Paul-Johansson
On the Lime – Raw Foods
Fort Lauderdale area, Florida