For most of human history, we shared a pretty intimate relationship with germs. But modern life has scrubbed away that connection with the microbes on our planet.
The result: A lack of robust diversity that may be hindering our health.
Here are 5 simple ways you can rekindle your microbial connections – without sacrificing basic hygiene. And yes, you still need to wash your hands.
And we’ve tended to use them liberally - such as for viral infections (which antibiotics can’t fight) or as prophylactic. That practice is changing, but talk to your doctor and make sure the antibiotics you’re prescribed are necessary.
A national activity survey found that Americans spend more than 90 percent of their lives indoors. Opening windows helps to “re-wild our homes and indoor environments,” says Jeff Leach, anthropologist and author of Bloom: Reconnecting with Your Primal Gut in a Modern World says by bringing the right kinds of germs and bacteria-hosts into your life, you can improve your overall health.
More importantly, triclosan, the antibacterial agent found in these soaps and other products, may have harmful health effects, according to a variety of health studies. A study in Norway, for example, has shown that triclosan exposure is associated with respiratory allergies in children.