Friday, July 13, 2012
5.Can we control our immune system??
If the hygiene hypothesis is correct, we might be able to control our immune system and prevent disease. Frequent interaction of children with the outside environment will allow them to contact various types of bacteria, thereby preventing allergic diseases. Furthermore, there are several reports that certain foods, including bacteria, work well with our body. For example yogurt, containing lactic acid bacteria, is believed to make us healthy and prevent diseases as these bacteria strengthen the immune system. This hypothesis is termed probiotics. However, the extent of protection that probiotics offer our body is still unclear. This is because we are already constantly exposed to various strains of bacteria present in our environment. Additionally, most of the available data demonstrating the benefits of bacteria to our body are claimed by companies producing fermented foods. Thus, this represents research conflicts that require further detailed investigation/experiements.