Bacteria We Need

Our body is the host of 100 trillion microbes.  These microbes weigh a total of just under three pounds.  The microbes perform functions that we need to thrive. The gastrointestinal tract (stomach, small and large intestines) contains most of this bacteria.  The flora is very complex and many species have not yet been identified. In addition to the large number of organisms, each person’s composite is unique and just as specific as a fingerprint.

The bacteria we harbor protects us from invading pathogens.  They also provide us with as much as 10% of our energy needs, and supply a broad range of vitamins and are essential for the absorption of minerals. Our immune system is dependent on the microbes in our bodies.  Our indigenous flora has protective, structural and metabolic functions.

If the balance of the microbes is disturbed, side effects and even disease can occur.  One of the reasons it is imperative to use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary is that antibiotics are non-discriminatory.  They destroy both bad and good bacteria.

There is a growing movement to incorporate ‘probiotics’ in our daily diet to protect this bacterial growth we need. “Probiotics” is formed from the Greek “for life” and can help prevent many diseases.

So eat healthy, stay away from unnecessary antibiotics and maintain a good balance.

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Thanksgiving Dinner

Some of us think if we fast the day before we can over-indulge on Thanksgiving day. Better to do 30 minutes of cardio about 12 hours before the big feast. Researchers have found that this exercise can help prevent one of the most damaging effects of over-eating – a spike in triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood and measured in your cholesterol count. They are a big problem as they are very good at penetrating the arterial wall causing stroke and heart attack especially risky for women.

Researchers in Denmark found that women with high triglycerides (over 400) have a 17% more risk of stroke. High levels of triglycerides are also a sign of pre-diabetes or insulin impairment. Diabetes starts in the muscle. If the sugar isn’t used by muscle, it is stored in the liver in the form of fat. This is triglycerides. Eating a heavy fatty meal can impair the proper function of the blood vessels. Cardio exercise for 30 continuous minutes has been shown to reduce the peak of triglycerides that occur after eating a meal up to 12-16 hours later. Even light exercise like walking will improve the triglyceride levels. Some research found that the benefits of exercise can last as long as 48 hrs. Ideally, one should exercise in a consistent manner. But, if one is more sedentary; it is best to exercise 12-16 hours before a big feast like Thanksgiving.

So tomorrow – Wednesday before the holiday- in between baking and making that cranberry sauce take a cardio break of 30 minutes. Your heart and your brain will thank you.

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Canker Sores

These unpleasant, painful mouth sores can make it difficult to eat, talk and most importantly – smile. If you get recurrent sores on your lips, get your health care provider to test you for herpes simplex. If you test positive, there is medication you can take which will decrease the amount of time the sore lingers and increase the time between outbreaks. Herpes simplex is in the family of chicken pox, shingles and genital herpes. It is not sexually transmitted like genital herpes.

Canker sores that occur inside the mouth are of a different nature. Many people get these painful sores during times of high stress. If you are one of the unfortunate 25% of the population getting recurrent mouth sores, try regular antimicrobial mouthwashes. Once you have an outbreak, use Benadryl liquid rinses or diluted hydrogen peroxide in warm water.

To prevent the canker sores, keep to a diet high in Vitamin B12 and of course manage your daily stress levels with meditation or yoga or tai chi.

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