Your microbiome is undeniably one of the most important components of health. It is a major part of your immune system and is required for the synthesis of some essential nutrients, like Vitamin K2.
When the microbiome gets push out of balance by bad bacteria, we can experience symptoms like:
- gas, belching, and bloating
- diarrhea and/or constipation
- brain fog and cognitive dysfunction
- skin irritation such as itching, dry skin, dandruff, and acne
- allergy flair-ups and other histamine reactions
- frequent colds and sore throats
- bad breath and other body odors
- PMS and painful periods
- migraine headaches
How does our gut get rocked? Well, just living in society is really all it takes. Here are some common things we do that disrupt our internal garden of flora:
- drink chlorinated and fluoridated tap water
- use anti-bacterial hand sanitize
- use oral contraceptives
- eat conventional dairy, meat, and poultry that are given anti-biotics. (Animals in the US consume more than twice as many antibiotics as humans. An Environmental Working Group analysis of the latest federal testing shows nearly 80 percent of supermarket meat contains antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Yikes. Read this article on DrAxe.com for more on how to avoid these products in the store).
- use anti-biotics on a regular basis (the chicken & egg dilemma)
- eat diets high in sugar and low in fiber
- sit on our bums and veg on refined carbohydrates, like chips and cookies
Our guts are always under attack and we need to constantly do what we can to support our micorbiota. Here are some simple steps you can take to support the most vital component of your health.
- take a probiotic (the more unique strains the better)
- reduce sugar in your diet
- exercise regularly (it's as simple as going for a walk every day)
- practice stress management and meditation. (Research shows that our mood has a direct impact on our gut and vice versa; read more here).
- Purchase a high quality water purifier. I recommend a whole-house water purifier so that even the water you bathe in is clean. Watch this video by Dr. Mercol for more information tap vs purified water.
- eat some delicious probiotic foods, like kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt and miso daily.
If you are having digestive or skin issues, your body is telling you something is out of balance and that you may benefit from a digestive reset protocol. Contact me today for an initial consultation and find out how diet and lifestyle can help you rebuild your internal garden and support your overall health. Mention this blog and receive $20 off your first session.