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It's official: dirt helps keep kids healthy! #playoutdoors

It's official: dirt helps keep kids healthy! #playoutdoors

Photo by Arkansas Shutterbug /Flickr.com It's official. Kids need to get dirty. It's something that all kids seem to know instinctively and most parents need to be reminded of. A little dirt is a good thing. And a new study has finally found that exposure to dirt might just make our kids healthier in the long run. Health experts have known for years that kids who grow up on farms are less likely to have immune system disorders such as asthma, allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease than kids who grow up in cities. It's called the "hygiene hypothesis," but even though it's generally accepted, health experts have never understood why it works. Until now. A new study from an international team of researchers led by scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital may finally have found a biological explanation for the hygiene hypothesis. The study, published last week in the jour...

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