Overcleaning Related to Depression and Health Problems


Obsession for cleaning is connected to depression and health problems, scientists say. Tackling dirt and trying to live in an anti-bacterial environment is making us less bacteria-and virus resistant. Immune systems weaken with time and this may also cause depression.

Bacteria are a mixed blessing, they do cause health implication but dealing with them is a way our immune systems improves our stamina and resistance to germs. Over cleaning can actually result in an allergy or asthma, as dust and pollen can trigger body overreaction.

Another alarming fact, this overreaction blocks the release of serotonin and other “mood boosting” hormons. The lack of these is known to cause depression. Facts speaks for themselves, people in poorer countries are happier, simply because they do not use powerful cleaners and their immune systems are trained to cope with bacteria and germs. The average Brit suffers from depression 10 times more often than the average Nigerian, for example.

It is a fact that nowadays our immediate environment is cleaner and safer, so that our immune system is not trained and doesn’t need to cope with bacteria and fight viruses that often. As a result our bodies overreact to minor agents like pollen and dust.

Cleaning and depression seem to have a correlation then, what do you think about it?

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr

CleanerConfessions.com is a blog meant for various domestic tips mainly but not limited to cleaning, washing and wiping dust, stains and dirt away from your home.