5 ways you are harming your gut bacteria
Our society has adopted some very unhealthy activities and lifestyles that affect our microbes in a variety of ways. Most are difficult to avoid, but it's critical to spread awareness if we want to protect our microbiome.
A microbiota is an "ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms" found in and on all multi cellular organisms studied to date from plants to animals. A microbiota includes bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi and viruses. Here are just a few easy ways you can understand how bacteria works.
Wine and beer. Alcohol consumption can alter your microbial balance
Sweets. Processed sugars can feed potentially unhealthy bacteria
Poor sleep. This can lead to subtle changes in your microbial makeup
Antibiotics. These kill both good and bad bacteria.
Tap water. Chlorine in tap water kills both good and bad bacteria.
These are just a few of the most common culprits. If any of these apply to you, it may be time to look for a probiotic.
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