Don’t be a germophobe! While many people seem to be obsessed with items like hand sanitizer and gargling solutions that supposedly kill 99 percent of germs, you should embrace the germs that improve your well-being.
When you take probiotic supplements, you introduce beneficial germs to your digestive tract. And that’s a good thing! And consider what scientists have found when they compare babies born naturally with those born by C-section. It turns out that natural birth transfers more bacteria from mom to baby that improve the immune system and keep children from getting sick.
A lab test at the University of Copenhagen supports the idea that those germs given to a newborn helps a baby’s immune cells perform their protective jobs better.
The Danish study showed that natural birth helps the immune system minimize reactive immune cells that can lead to type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease and allergies.