Spending time amongst the irritants of nature can be good for both children and adults.
You know those romantic movies set hundreds of years ago, where the main character’s cousin suffers from some indescribable illness, and the doctor prescribes “3 weeks in the countryside”? In France? With wine, a dashing neighbor, and too many afternoons spent sipping tea in the sunshine, exactly where said neighbor happens to be planting his new vegetable garden?
I know, we should all move to Europe. At least for the afternoon.
Here’s the thing. These movies are fantastical. And they may seem to contain nothing but fiction, but in actuality they do hold a few grains of truth.
A study done by researchers in Denmark and published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology shows that these old-fashioned doctors weren’t all wrong. Living in the countryside does boost your immune system.
It was found that when adults move to farming areas, they can often reduce their symptoms of hypersensitivity and allergies.
Exposure to a wider range of environmental elements than you’d find in the city is thought to be providing the benefits.
People on farms are exposed to an assortment of so called ‘enemies. Bacteria, fungi, pollen and other general irritants could be triggering the body to protect itself against hypersensitivity.
Researchers have warned though, that while exposure to nature benefits both adults and children, there are some precautions to take. If you aren’t accustomed to the countryside and you suffer from something like asthma, your health could worsen, what with all the dust and pollen in the air.
Talk to your doctor, and see if “3 weeks in the countryside” is a prescription that would suit your needs. And then jump on a plane to a villa in Italy… and bask in your “medication”.