What lives inside you

Yesterday I wrote about the public being confused and I guess concerned about what we eat, what to eat and what we hear and read in the media about health, our health.
Over the last 15 years this seems to have been exacerbated by the number of so called experts who are given media space to make their claims on the back of more and more people who are looking for the ultimate solution to better health, #EliteHealth.

I remember back when Viagra was launched in the latter part of the 90’s and approved by the FDA. Launched as the greatest thing to help men who needed it, only to be given a huge health warning weeks later that anyone with heart disease or who has had a heart attack should avoid it at all costs. A few years later this was contradicted again and so it goes on. One-week statins are bad for you the next they are a miracle drug that could do a lot more than reduce cholesterol. Here are just a few of this week’s examples.

  • Over-the-counter acid-reflux drugs may cause depression, new research suggests. The Daily Mail (I will come back this one later)
  • Heartburn drugs may increase the risk of stroke PPI’s was reported in 2016 and in our news just 2 weeks ago. The American Heart Association
  • Here’s another one from The Mail, Half of Britons wrongly believe that stress causes cancer, a survey suggests. Yet many are unaware of the proven link between the disease and processed meat and alcohol. #Confusedabouthealth

Coming back to Over-the-counter acid-reflux drugs may cause depression the Mail leads with the following:

  • Although unclear why this occurs, PPIs may alter the guts’ bacterial make-up (something else to mess with your Microbiome)
  • Past research suggests a link between the microbiome and mental health
  • PPIs have been associated with dementia, bone fractures and pneumonia
  • Doctors prescribe over five million PPI medications every year in England alone
  • Approximately 3% of adults in the UK suffer from depression every year

Another pharmaceutical drug that may interfere with your Microbiome so it’s not just antibiotics that are doing the damage.

I could fill the page with examples and I’m sure that like me, many of you of reading this will have seen or heard something that made you raise the old eyebrow. One thing I’m learning is that the Microbiome plays and more vital role in helping a human to remain healthy than I imagined possible until I started to #Lookharder at the subject.

According to Merriam-Webster your microbiome is:

“A community of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment and especially the collection of microorganisms living in or on the human body.  Your body is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and other microbes, collectively known as your microbiome.” That is the Microbiome?  Remember your Microbiome can weigh almost 6lbs and it’s the diversity of your gut Microbiome that allows you to properly extract energy as well as help y

our immune system function properly.  In fact, every organ system in your body is affected by the chemical compounds produced by your microbiome.

So, for me it makes total sense that a #HealthyGut can help to reduce your risk of chronic diseases and boost your immune system. #Fixthegutfixtheproblem. Tomorrow I will go into leaky gut in a bit more detail and start to explore,

 Day 10 Food Diary

  • Warm H2 Lemon Water
  • Therapeutic Smoothie with Kefir
  • 3 x Probiotics
  • 2 x Microbiome Detox
  • ½ Apple with small piece of cheese
  • No lunch
  • ½ Apple with small piece of cheese
  • Fish, small portion of oven chips and beans
  • 2 x L-arginine sticks
  • 2 x Magnesium supplements

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