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Why food allergies are on the rise

Hygiene Hypothesis

Many experts say that the cleaner people are in everyday life, insulated from dust and viruses, the more likely they are to contract severe allergies. This is due to the fact that many microorganisms that the body encounters in the outside world educate the body and populates the gut with microorganisms that strengthen the immune system.

Example: A study in Denmark proved that households with more cats and dogs have less allergic disorders.

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