When did we start fearing mud? I used to love the stuff as a kid! In fact my sister and I would spend many a happy hour in the veg patch, digging up carrots with our bare hands 🥕and giving them a good wipe on the hawthorn hedge before eating them fresh (mud n’all)
We were well immunised from a young age, through natural exposure to germs! Suddenly, about a decade ago, germs became the scariest thing ever! 🦠😳 Antibac sprays, dettol wipes and dry wash hand sanitisers.
There’s most definitely such a thing as over-cleansing. And it’s not good. These synthetic washes and wipes are not only problematic for the environment & our immunity, they don’t half dry our skin out. Then we reach for a rich hand cream to replenish moisture - those creams often contain ‘mineral oil’ ie: petrol - which blocks pores, traps toxins & stops skin breathing.
What can we do?
I’m not saying you shouldn’t encourage your kids to wash their hands before dinner, or wipe food from around their mouths when they’ve face planted a yoghurt! But obsessive paranoia about cleanliness and wiping every spec of dirt away could be instilling OCD patterns as kids get older. Not to mention lowering their natural immunity.
My run today was muddy! I do try my best not to hit the mud for the first twenty minutes ... mostly because the squelch can get a bit much 😂 But half an hour in, I’m pretty resigned to yomping through deep mud puddles. And it’s fun!!
I always encourage my godson Jack to play in nature - not that he needs much persuading 🤣 Scroll the pic to see our day our in the forest! This boy is endlessly caked in mud and he just loves it!
According to Professor Gilbert at the microbiome centre in Chicago, we’re becoming more vulnerable to infection in adult life. Due to excessive sanitation, the immune system can begin to age, which Gilbert says can make it more likely to see a huge response to a simple allergen.
Clothes will wash, trainers will dry and skin will benefit from natural exposure to dirt.
Do you love mud? Or do you recoil at the sight of dirt? 🙈
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