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    I can only find one study about not enough dirt causing autoimmune disease, and the study was done on mice. Are their any others?

    I've done everything "right" (according to he health blogs), grew up playing in the dirt, kissed my pets, have caught wild viruses, had a whole foods diet, breastfed until one, very limited amount of processed foods and sugar etc and I still have autoimmune diseases and my immune system is shot to pieces.

    I limit processed foods, eat as much fresh veg (especially dark green) as possible and take probiotics - but so far no luck for me. It may work for others though. It's always worth a try- especially if it is good for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by SpicyTurtle View Post
    There's been tons of studies to prove that playing in the dirt and exposure to animals reduces risks of allergies, asthma and skin disorders, auto immune disorders and generally boosts the immune system. It's the exposure to bacteria and micro organisms!

    My DS has eaten/played in dirt, dog poo (when I'm not looking I don't encourage him to play with it lol), kisses the dogs and cat you name it since he could crawl, i wash his hands before eating only, have never used hand sanitiser or anything like that. He gets a cold once a year maybe and it's usually mild, has no allergies or anything wrong whatsoever, completely healthy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamtam View Post
    I hear you. I'm no scientist. So I'm just saying it anecdotally.

    But I have the opposite. DD plays with dog. ..kisses the dog too... plays outside etc etc. All the things you mentioned.
    Makes no difference. Still gets sick all the time.
    Yep she's has some medical issues but playing with all that hasn't made a ounce of difference. Plus I know her blood work is good and she has no deficiencies.
    That is the same as me, my blood work shows no immune system deficiencies - but I catch everything going around and get things way worse than a normal person my age. So frustrating! My specialist said they know about 5% of what they need to know when it comes to the immune system/autoimmune diseases etc - maybe in the future they may find out why I get sick so often, but right now it's in the "unknown" basket.

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    Thanks for responses. We eat a varied, healthy diet with plenty of vegies (not that DS eats that many but I try my best!) and my kids get out a lot. We hate staying home. He's at Kindy 3 days a week and we do playgroups etc on other days and trips as a family on weekend. So plenty of outside play there and exposure to germs. We don't have animals but I'm not sure that would make a huge difference. I'm not running out to buy a dog anyhow.

    I guess I will look at introducing a longer term probiotic, rather than only taking them when we have to take antibiotics, and trying to put plenty of garlic and ginger into my cooking. I know people who make Kombucha with lots of this plus more in it for fighting colds.

    Any other particular supplements that might help? Vit C, echinacia (sp?) or not worth it?

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    Black elderberry extract is good for colds. I give it to DS to boost his immunity everyday, doubling the dose when he does get one and take it myself at the first sign of a cold. Doesn't stop you getting it but seems to reduce the severity and duration of a cold.

    Olive leaf extract is also good for boosting immunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamtam View Post
    Seriously?? I have a dog. .. doesn't help my DD.

    honestly OP. .. I don't think you can technically boost your immunity. Some people are just more prone to catching things.
    If you have a lower immune system and you play in the dirt it's not going to help.
    My daughter is catching some virus nearly all the time. ..I think building immunity is a myth. Playing in the dirt isn't going to build immunity. Why would it? It's dirt?
    On the off chance you can I bought that kids inner health plus immune booster for DD. plus trying to eat healthy and exercise. Get out in the fresh air. Turn off air conditioning and heaters. Etc etc.
    Sorry you are getting sick all the time. It sucks.
    Thats interesting. I guess different things work for different people.
    We have had animals since the beginning of time (or so it seems). We have 3 cats, 2 dogs (well HAD) and countless chickens. My kids are always outside in the dirt and mud...in fact their favourite thing to do is dig a hole, fill it with water and GET IN. They have eaten dirt, mud, chicken poo. Im not dirty but i dont have an emaculate house. I dont use sanitizers.

    Has your DS JUST started kindy? Has he been to daycare regularly?
    My kids were never in day care so when they started kindy they got sick more often than normal...still only a few colds a year though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loislane2010 View Post
    Thats interesting. I guess different things work for different people.
    We have had animals since the beginning of time (or so it seems). We have 3 cats, 2 dogs (well HAD) and countless chickens. My kids are always outside in the dirt and mud...in fact their favourite thing to do is dig a hole, fill it with water and GET IN. They have eaten dirt, mud, chicken poo. Im not dirty but i dont have an emaculate house. I dont use sanitizers.

    Has your DS JUST started kindy? Has he been to daycare regularly?
    My kids were never in day care so when they started kindy they got sick more often than normal...still only a few colds a year though.
    Honestly I just think some people have good immunity and others don't.
    Think of people born with low immunity disorders. No amount of exposure to germs or dirt or pets increases their immunity.

    Yep my DD goes to daycare. And has been for almost a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bond Girl View Post
    Thanks for responses. We eat a varied, healthy diet with plenty of vegies (not that DS eats that many but I try my best!) and my kids get out a lot. We hate staying home. He's at Kindy 3 days a week and we do playgroups etc on other days and trips as a family on weekend. So plenty of outside play there and exposure to germs. We don't have animals but I'm not sure that would make a huge difference. I'm not running out to buy a dog anyhow.

    I guess I will look at introducing a longer term probiotic, rather than only taking them when we have to take antibiotics, and trying to put plenty of garlic and ginger into my cooking. I know people who make Kombucha with lots of this plus more in it for fighting colds.

    Any other particular supplements that might help? Vit C, echinacia (sp?) or not worth it?
    I think Zinc has the most evidence behind it for preventing colds, but not sure that you can get a straight zinc supplement for kids, although I think I saw one with Zinc, echinacea, vit c once, but can't remember what it was called...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    Is that all bone broth is? I seriously thought it had some magic ingredient that I didn't know about.

    Lots of fresh air and exposure to mild germs and dirt to allow you to build immunity.
    Yes, just stock, but you boil it for longer, I'm planning a batch overnight in the slow cooker tonight.

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    Immunity can be boost by following a healthy lifestyle.
    1. Quit smoking
    2. Eat diet like green veggies, fuits, salads, juices, green or herbal tea
    3. Do regular exercise
    4. Maintain healthy weight


 

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