Outdoor play: Why experts say there are life-long health benefits to letting your kids get dirty
Dirt, grass, fresh air – we all need it.
Children need it in particular – and maybe right now more so than ever.
Homes and lives that are too sterilized can actually have a negative effect on our immune systems, believe it or not.
Mud play is good for kids
Scientists have now confirmed something that children have always instinctively known; playing in mud is a joyful experience. Recent research has shown that dirt contains microscopic bacteria called Mycobacterium Vaccae which stimulates the immune system and increases the levels of serotonin in our brains, an endorphin that soothes, calms, and helps us to relax. Scientists say regular exposure to the bacteria may help reduce a child’s vulnerability to depression. In short, playing in mud makes you happier.
And it doesn't even stop there. Playing in mud can make you healthier too. In fact, science shows that exposure to dirt and germs works to prime a child’s immune system to prevent allergies.