HOUSTON – A study from Canada said that disinfectants we use in our homes can make the children fat. In…
HOUSTON – A study from Canada said that disinfectants we use in our homes can make the children fat.
In recent decades, researchers say asthma, type 1 diabetes, obesity and other diseases are significantly increasing among the children, so what has changed?
The study, which only examined obesity in childhood, finds that disinfectants change the bacteria in the bowel of the child and it can later lead to obesity.
It is very convincing research, according to Dr Geoffrey Preidis, a pediatric gastroenterologist from Texas Children’s Hospital. But he is not convinced.
“We still do not know what causes that link, and there may be a lot of other things not reported,” says Preidis. “Specific types of cleaners, they can also encourage their children to run around outside and work out as opposed to spending hours in front of a TV or a screen.”
He agrees with part of the study, he said: We can be too sterile.
“Hundreds of years ago many of our ancestors lived on farms … there was no cooling, no electricity. So it’s one of the most important changes that many people point to that can drive the increased risk of certain diseases, says Preidis.
He warns of living too dirty, especially in the kitchen or bathroom where the deadliest bacteria are found. The challenge is to find the balance between bacteria we should live with.
The results of the Canadian researchers are that obesity is less common in households that are cleaned with environmentally friendly products. However, Preidis is not ready to recommend certain products either.
“Again, too early to say,” he said.
Preidis said that you should currently add more grown foods to your diet to create a healthy intestine. Foods that have live bacteria like yogurt, kefir and kombucha can vary the intestinal microbiomy enough to make us healthier people.
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