Eat Dirt! (or worms)
My mom never said, ‘cleanliness is next to Godliness’ and I am probably healthier for it! Thanks mom. I have friends that don’t allow their children to get dirty and nearly faint when I let my kids run around barefoot in the yard. We take regular showers in our house but we also don’t consider it a ‘good’ day unless we need that shower.
Dr. Weinstock at Tufts Medical Center concluded that children raised in hyper-sterile environments are not being exposed to organisms that help them develop immune regulation. Furthermore extensive research has been done concerning the lack of worms in our diet. I am not looking up recipes for worms but might I suggest saying ‘cheers’ to letting your kids and yourself get dirty!
Dr. Weinstock also says, “Children should be allowed to go barefoot in the dirt, play in the dirt, and not have to wash their hands when they come in to eat,” He pointed out that children who grow up on farms and are frequently exposed to worms and other organisms from farm animals are much less likely to develop allergies and autoimmune diseases.
Swing by and let us set you up with all kinds of fun projects guaranteed to get you dirty! Plants, stone benches, gravel, sand and TOPSOIL – we have a gazillion ways to make sure you get your hands dirty.
Soak up some Vitamin D, get your hands dirty and create something. The impact on your health, your relationships and your environment are ALL positive!
PS- The phrase ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ first appeared in English thanks to Francis Bacon. This of course makes me hum the famous line from Alanis Morissette’s song, ‘isn’t it ironic’ considering pigs (i.e. bacon) were considered unclean.