Did you ever have a gut feeling something isn’t working correctly within your body?
Your gut bacteria may be telling you something. Scientists are studying the link between the bacteria in our gut and virtually every disease that ails us.
Bacteria are microbes and our bodies are filled with them. This complex community of microorganisms live everywhere in your body. Bacteria line your intestines and help you digest food. During digestion, they make vitamins that are vital for life, send signals to the immune system, and make small molecules that can help your brain work.
No matter how well you eat, you must be equally aware of the factors that can put your microflora at risk. To improve your gut flora balance, make sure to avoid these probiotic killers.
If your doctor has prescribed antibiotics, don’t stop taking them. However, they’re Kryptonite to both good and bad bacteria, so it is important to take a probiotic supplement either a few hours before or after your antibiotic for optimal protection. It’s a well-known fact that antibiotics kill good and bad bacteria within your gut. If you add a probiotic to your regimen, you can help restore beneficial microbes.
Probiotics, whether naturally occurring or added to foods, are affected by high-sugar environments. An environment rich in sugar draws water from cells, causing the cell walls to break down and eventually leading to cell death.
Unless you are drinking well water, tap water is full of excess amounts of chlorine and fluoride that harm your beneficial gut bacteria.
GMO Foods, Pesticides, and other Toxins
With factory farmed meats and dairy, you are likely to consume traces of pesticides and herbicides, which can also negatively impact your gut flora. Livestock is typically fed genetically engineered grains. Common weed killer, used widely throughout conventional agriculture, was once thought to be harmless. However, science is now uncovering the fact that it can cause mutations in the white blood cells, thus severely weakening the body’s natural ability to fight off disease. To avoid this, eat organic, so you know that your food is pesticide-free.
femMED’s products partake in 3rd party GMO testing by the International GMO Evaluation and Notification Program (IGEN™). IGEN™ is the world’s first formal certification program that tests finished products, and their ingredients to determine if genetic engineering was used in the production of the product or is present in the final product. Product testing results will be publicly available online on www.igenprogram.com
Gluten – Grains
Exposure to gluten means intestinal damage that takes the form of increased intestinal permeability and changes in the gut microbiota. The good news is that preliminary studies found types of friendly bacteria in probiotics can degrade gluten.
Stress takes a significant toll on the body, and the gut feels the brunt of the effects.
Chemicals and medications
Over-the-counter drugs such as Advil, Motrin, Midol, and heartburn pills. A recent study shows that if you are taking the over-the-counter or prescription proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for heartburn, you may be putting your gut flora at risk.
Show your gut some love
80 percent of your immune system resides in your gastrointestinal tract. When your gut is healthy, you have a large, thriving population of beneficial or friendly bacteria, or probiotics, supporting your immune system. They help form a protective barrier within your gut.
We are exposed to many of these foods, toxins and stressors daily. Optimizing and supporting the beneficial bacteria in your gut is one of the most powerful things you can do for your health and well-being. An imbalance in your system becomes a breeding ground for “bad” bacteria, yeast, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
If you can help your body maintain this optimal balance – 85 percent beneficial to about 15 percent “bad” bacteria – you support the health-promoting benefits of probiotics. Eliminate the foods that feed bad bacteria; think of sugar, unhealthy fats, gluten, GMOs, pesticides, chemicals, and toxins as fertilizer for harmful bacteria, and start consuming probiotic rich foods and supplements.