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Babies Who Share Their Homes With a Dog Are Much Less Likely to Grow Up Into Adults With Allergies

In another affirmation that squeaky-clean isn’t the best route to a healthy life, Nature reports that a so-called “dirty” environment can help keep children from developing obesity and asthma. Even better — and probably much to the delight of the kids — it’s been found that infants living with pets may be less likely to have allergies as adults.

Part of the science behind this is in your gut microbiome, which literally sets the stage for the health of the rest of your body. The seeding of this microbiome actually begins in the womb — meaning seeding your baby’s microbiome should be on every one’s birth plan, especially since the composition of a woman's gut microbes changes during each trimester of pregnancy in ways that support the growth of the fetus.

"Healing and sealing" your gut has been shown to help alleviate allergy symptoms, and the key to this is eliminating inflammatory foods like grains and processed foods and consuming healthier foods, including fermented foods, that will support a proper balance of bacteria in your gut — and ultimately your baby.

Meanwhile, spring allergy season is already upon us and, with it, the seemingly never-ending sniffles, sneezes and wheezes associated with it. The good news is there are things you can do to tackle your springtime allergies. Some of the strategies include avoiding clothing made of synthetic fabrics, exercising outdoors before dawn or waiting until later in the evening for your run, trying natural remedies for allergy symptoms, eating a wholesome diet based on unprocessed foods, and using a neti pot to safely cleanse your sinuses of irritants.
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