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Secret Healthy-Living Tip: Get Dirty-
In this germaphobic era, a lot of people think it's never a good idea to be dirty. Turns out, dirt exposure may help decrease ... more 
Photo by: Condé Nast Digital Studio
Secret Healthy-Living Tip: Get Dirty-
In this germaphobic era, a lot of people think it's never a good idea to be dirty. Turns out, dirt exposure may help decrease allergies and asthma by stimulating the immune system, says Daphne Miller, M.D., author of The Jungle Effect: A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest Diets From Around the World-Why They Work and How to Bring Them Home. Researchers from the University of Iowa discovered that increased levels of early exposure to microbes-for example, having large numbers of older siblings, being raised on a farm or attending day care-lead to fewer cases of asthma.

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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 6:57 PM EST
By Amy Ahlberg, Glamour magazine



If we believed every scary health headline we read, we'd be miserable-not to mention starving. Read our secret healthy-living tips, stop stressing and get happy.