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Got Allergies? Here’s How Dishwashers Can Hurt You and Peanuts Can Help You

Clean Kitchen

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  • Children living in households that hand-wash their dishes are less likely to develop allergies than those living in households where dishwashers are used
  • The hygiene hypothesis suggests that exposure to microbes early in life is beneficial, as it stimulates your immune system and reduces your risk of allergies
  • Hand-washing leaves more bacteria behind on dishes than dishwashers do, which may actually be beneficial
  • Eating small amounts of foods such as peanuts, which is a common food allergen, early on in life may also “train” your child’s immune system to avoid allergy in the first place

By Dr. Mercola

Your body is a complex ecosystem made up of more than 100 trillion microbes that must be properly balanced and cared for you to achieve optimal health.


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