Health and wellness
It seems like I’ve been doing that the last few weeks, trying things out. And while that’s probably how I will always be (my friends call me the lab rat), I can’t help but wonder when I will stop using myself and volunteer some of my friends, in the name of science of course! So, if you read my recent review, my pedestal pal is BioMatrix. The yummy ingredients in that lovely has given me the much needed energy to power my way through my day and write these blogs at 1 am. While I don’t recommend staying up late and supplementing your way through your day, when I do need an extra boost, instead of reaching for a 5 Hour, I’m using something I know is natural and helps my body through times of stress.
The other thing I’ve been into lately has been probiotics. I love probiotics, and have been taking them for years! While I’ve always believed having a happy gut makes for a happy human, the more I’ve been reading lately the more I’m realizing how scary true this is. Society has abused antibiotics for years, knocking out viruses left and right and destroying our friendly neighborhood bugs in the process causing a plethora of serious health issues along the way. When the gut ecosystem hits a bump in the proverbial road, i.e loss of our flora and fawna, crazy things will ensue. Crohns disease, IBS, obesity, inflammation, cancers, autism, C-Diff, heart disease, and diabetes to name just a few. Gigantic microbiota gut communities will be wiped out, causing major health issues. Lifestyle, stress, poor eating habits, illness, and the over use of antibiotics will and can cause the loss of our much needed flora. Doctors have been over prescribing antibiotics for years and years, even before I was born! Now we are paying the price and scientists are wondering how on Earth were going to fight off the fantastic super bug they keep talking about.
So what is a starved microbiota gut to do? Well, stop eating crap for one. Sounds simple? Yeah, well it kind of is. I always tell my clients, even if you eat half the junk or downed 17 McDonalds burgers in less than 24 hours, take probiotics. Always. And the good kind. Not the stuff you’ll find in yogurt. The stuff in the dark bottle, that needs to refrigerated and has more than three strong strains and more than 3 billion of each, I said bill not mill.
So take care of your gut, give back. Heal it. For every 10 days of antibiotics taken, it takes up to 6 months to get your gut flora back, and possibly even longer depending on how much or how little flora you have left. From here on out, treat your gut to some good probiotics. It will thank you by providing a good home base for happy bugs to grow, thrive and stave off the bad guys.
Have a happy week and here’s to your health!!
---Good reading with regard to this subject is 10% Human by: Alanna Collen