Study: Children playing with soil strengthens their immunity
A study conducted in Finland revealed the effect of children playing with dirt and mud on their immunity.
The study, published in the journal "Science Advance", said that playing with dirt provides children with many health benefits, according to the "Healthline" website.
The researchers announced the results of the study, in which 75 children participated, and they were divided into two groups. The first was placed in places equipped with natural elements such as those found in forests, such as dirt and plants, and the second was left in places the researchers described as "civilized".
And after the children in each group spent 60 minutes a day in the places designated for them, for a period of 28 days, the researchers found after testing the blood of the children that the children in the first group contained a high percentage of inflammatory proteins in their bodies, as well as high levels of the microbiome, which are living organisms. Minute is of great importance to the health of the digestive system and plays an effective role in strengthening the immune system.
The researchers said that they detected proteins in the bodies of children in the second group, which increases the chances of internal infections.
Dr. Purna C. Kashyap, Associate Director of the Microbiome Program, said that he agreed with the results of the study, because biological diversity strengthens children's immunity, reduces their body mass index, increases their microbiome levels and makes them immune to eye diseases, in addition to the stability it gives to their mental state. .
He pointed out that scientists still need more studies to ensure the validity of the benefits that accrue to children's health from playing with dirt.