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Thoughts on H1N1 and the Antibacterial Controversy

With all this talk of the H1N1 Flu a lot of conversations have been sparked.  At first I thought that I should get myself and my child vaccinated.  Then I did some homework and now I’m not so sure.  I urge everyone to get all the facts and make the decision that is best for YOU.
We can help avoid this easily spread flu by taking the basic precautions that we should all be taking anyway.
Washing your hands with hot water and soap (frequently)
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze (preferably with your arm) and wash your hands after.
If you are sick STAY HOME.
If you are taking care of someone who is sick wear a surgical mask.
And this one is mine-Keep your hands out of your mouth! (AND your face!!!)
Just being aware is a really easy way to stick to the above.
The question is “How do we balance our desire to be clean and sanitary”  Bacteria has become a marketing buzz word. A lot of people believe that bacteria = dirty. However not all bacteria is bad and we absolutely need some bacteria to live! With so many “anti-bacterial” products on the market are we disrupting up our natural balance?  We want to be smart about not getting infections and sick without going overboard and exposing ourselves to other –worse-infections or problems.
The following is some interesting information I found from I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback so we can continue this important topic. I wish you all the best of health and may we ALL avoid getting ill!
Bacteria are everywhere and you cant escape them.  Bacteria live on your keyboard, on your desk, in the air that you breath, they live on the the food you eat as well as the water you drink. They live on your skin in your hair and even inside you, actually bacteria’s favourite place to live is inside you.  In just one millimeter of your saliva you can contain as much as 40 million bacterial cells. Believe it or not, there are more bacterial cells inside you then cells there are cells of you, ten times in fact.
Because you know bacteria live inside us it’s important to differentiate between the different types of bacteria, because not all bacteria is bad.  There are two types of bacteria, there is ‘bad bacteria’, which can kill you, and ‘good bacteria’, which you can’t live without.  This good bacteria among many things helps us digest parts of our food, so we can absorb and metabolize our food properly.  In fact, good bacteria’s role in food digestion is so important it actually produces vitamins that our body cannot and without them we would die.  For example good bacteria produces vitamin K in our intestines and vitamin K stops us bleeding to death. Good bacteria creates an environment extremely beneficial to our immune system by maintaining gut health and stopping unwanted bad bacterial growth.

Why we need good bacteria:
  • To Help Digest Our Food
  • To Keep a Healthy Immune System
  • To Produce Essential vitamins we cannot
  • To Keep Our Bodies Healthy and Able to Fight Disease
  • Prevent Fungal Growth like Candida
  • Prevent Indigestion & Maintain a Healthy Bowel
When we use antibiotics, they kill all bacteria whether it is good or bad leaving the gut open for any parasite, fungus or bad bacteria to colonize and thrive where the good bacteria has been killed.  Good bacteria supplementation is therefore usually needed for people currently taking antibiotics, or who have a previous history of antibiotic use.   Good bacteria supplements are usually referred to as a probiotics, as they increase the good bacteria life in the gut, and heal the gut from the damaging effects of antibiotics.

If you want maximum effectiveness from a probiotic you must make sure the strain of good bacteria used is Lactobacillus Sporogenes. Keep in mind not all products are of this form, so be sure to check.

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