Bacteria doesn’t have a very good reputation and with good reason. Just a little over 100 years ago, the leading cause of death was infectious disease and many of these diseases were caused by bacteria. The discovery of infection microbes, like bacteria, resulted in improvement in sanitation and food handling that have saved millions of lives.
Of course, bacterial infections are still around. (See Bacterial Bad Guys on page 2.) However, with the development of various antiseptics, disinfectants, and antibiotics relatively few people in Western countries die from infection.
Unfortunately, because of bacteria’s association with disease, it’s all to easy to become obsessed with killing germs. This obsession is actually leading to health problems caused by a lack of bacteria. It turns out that some species of bacteria are beneficial to health and that over sterilizing your environment makes you more likely to develop allergic reactions, asthma, and autoimmune disorders.
This has also led to unwittingly breeding stronger strains of bacteria that are becoming resistance to antibiotics and disinfectants. So, it’s time yo take a new look at bacteria and health. To learn more about the Microbiome and our Health, read this month’s Sunshine Sharing. My favorite Nature Sunshine Products for promoting the growth of good bacteria and a healthy gut microbiome are Probiotic 11, Bacillus Coagulans, and Nutribiome Eleven Elevated. However, if you are currently dealing with yeast overgrowth, you may want to try the Candida Clear.
Many of us at one point or another during our life are going to get dysbiosis because many things that we do can affect the microbiome of our gut. Some of the big culprits are when we make changes to our diet and increase our consumption of sugar or processed foods that contain chemical additives and food coloring. Often times we are over exposed to pesticides and chemicals that are found in the products we use. Drinking more too much alcohol which is more than 2 drinks per day can throw off your gut microbiome. A lack of sleep, exercise, too much stress and anxiety also contribute to dysbiosis. If you have fallen prey to any of these culprits and are experiencing some of the following symptoms and don’t know why, it could be time to for you to focus on your gut health. The symptoms of intestinal dysbiosis are as follows:
- Bad Breath
- Bloating, Upset Stomach or Nausea
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Trouble Urinating
- Itching Rectally or Vaginally
- Rashes or Redness on the Skin
- Brain Fog – Trouble Focusing
- Stress, Anxiety or Depression
Improving Intestinal Dysbiosis
Our gut health impacts our overall health so the following four ways will help to improve both:
- Eat a diet rich in a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, fiber, fermented foods and lean protein.
- Move your body by taking a walk 3-4 time per week. This also helps manage stress.
- Get enough sleep – carve time out of your schedule to go to sleep at the same time each night and shoot for 6 -8 hours of sleep.
- Manage your stress and anxiety with deep breathing, meditation, yoga – whatever it takes.
- Use the SOQI Products Daily to promote relaxation, circulation, lymphatic movement, and improve overall cellular energy.
There is no longer a debate on how intestinal dysbiosis and poor gut health (microbiome) affects our health. Numerous studies are tied to inflammation, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disorders, certain types of cancer, and even chronic pain. Download our E-Book on How to Improve Gut Health and Reduce Inflammation for more natural tips. For more information on Healthy Living join our 13 Week Healthy Habits Challenge.
Remember a Toxic Environment + Toxic Gut = Toxic Health!