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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > August 2017 > IS THERE SUCH A THING AS ‘TOO CLEAN?’


Our homes might smell better than ever, but there’s a big difference between having a clean house and a healthy one. Dr Sally Bloomfield explains how to strike a balance

DR SALLY BLOOMFIELD is honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

From the TV ads you’d be forgiven for thinking we should all be sterilising our homes from top to bottom to keep ‘germs’ at bay. But here’s the thing: our bodies, pets, the food we eat, the atmosphere, are all teeming with millions of tiny micro-organisms. Any attempt to completely rid your home of these microbes is a losing battle – it’s also a potentially harmful one.

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Embrace a #naturalsummer with the August issue of Healthy, which helps you maximise the wellbeing benefits of summer. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know for your summer holidays, including your summer beauty 'capsule' bag, plus why being outside = a natural happiness boost. Also, we've rounded up a whole list of salad supper under 300 calories to keep you trim, plus the best veggie burgers to enjoy at those BBQs. Read all about it – we chat to Sadie Frost on why she's swapped late night partying for morning yoga, and we catch up with Delicious Ella in her regular column. Find out more in the brand new issue of healthy.