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Common Human-Bacteria Imbalances

April 4, 2012

Did you know that your body actually contains more than 10 times as many bacterial cells as it does human cells? Scientists believe we have around 10 Trillion human cells in our body so that means we have over 100 Trillion bacterial cells!

Making sure our bacteria are healthy, happy and balances is one of the keys for lasting health.

Unfortunately now we’re seeing people with massive bacterial imbalances, especially in the gut. Due to widespread use of antibiotics and especially broad spectrum antibiotics, our internal bacterial ecosystems are getting out of balance. On top of prescribed antibiotic exposure, we also have massive antibiotic exposure on a daily basis from our food supply, especially from livestock such as chicken, pigs, and cows that are fed antibiotics in their feed.

Human-Bacteria Imbalances

Some of the most common bacterial imbalances include:

Candida Overgrowth

Yeast Overgrowth

Yeast Infections

Bacterial Vaginosis

Other Risks of Bacterial Imbalances

Bacterial imbalances can also cause many other disorders and symptoms, including digestive disorders such a Crohn’s disease, Colitis, and Leaky Gut Syndrome as well as much rarer diseases like necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) which is the death of bowel tissues that cause inflammation, bleeding, and death in many cases for young newborns.

This is why it can be so important to make sure to limit antibiotic use as much as possible and try to avoid foods contaminated with antibiotics. Also, taking a probiotic supplement regularly as well as eating healthy foods that are loaded with probiotics can help. Foods that naturally contain probiotics include yogurt and fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha tea.

Making sure your bacteria are in a happy, healthy balance is one of the keys to good, lasting health! So make sure you plan ahead and make some positive changes for your bacterial balance today. Your body will thank you, trust me!

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