So first off let’s address the bacteria in the room. Your body is outnumbered. According to the National Institutes of Health, non-human microorganisms outnumber human cells in the average human by a ratio of 10:1. However, because of their small mass, they only account for about 3% of the human weight.
Humans have lots of bacteria, but so what?
There are many different types of bacteria that live in your body. Some good, and some bad. Having your gut bacteria out of balance can cause all sorts of uncomfortable, and sometimes serious health problems including:
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and diabetes
- Neuromuscular diseases
- B12 deficiency
- Metabolic problems
I don’t want that! How do I avoid it?
Well, I am glad that you asked! There are a couple of different ways to ensure that you maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria.
Good Kombucha is chock full of probiotics! But make sure you take special care to how “live” the kombucha is. Hint: If it sits on a shelf at a store, it will be significantly less live that if you homebrew, or order from Bucha Belly.
Non-Organic foods are sprayed with pesticides (poison), which are embedded in the food no matter how hard you wash it. When you ingest the non-organic food, you are consuming these poisons, which are killing off the bacteria in your gut, and making it hard for your body to absorb the nutrients from what you are consuming!
Eating organic fruits, vegetables, and meat help your body maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria.
Avoid Overuse of Antibiotics
The entire purpose of Antibiotics is to kill bacteria, good and bad. Always listen to your doctor and follow their instructions, but double check to see if antibiotics are absolutely necessary.The antibiotics will irradicate your gut bacteria, so you need to make sure you are replacing the bacteria you are killing new ones.
Drink Kombucha, eat other fermented foods, or get a supplemental pro-biotic to ensure that you will achieve a healthy gut balance again as soon as possible.
Maintaining a healthy balance of gut bacteria will help you get the most nutritional value out of the foods you are already eating while helping you avoid all sorts of digestive and health issues. Be sure to replenish your probiotics regularly, and especially if you are eating non-organic foods, or taking antibiotics.