Antibiotics and their Damaging Effects to Your Health
Research reveals that bacteria may have social structures similar to plants and animals. Certain bacteria have the ability to produce chemical compounds that inhibit the growth and/or kill off other bacteria, while not harming their own kind or closely related microbes that are immune to the “biological warfare agents” produced
Researchers are increasingly looking at the cascading ill effects of antibiotic drugs. Fluoroquinolones, a class of fluoridated antibiotics, are particularly dangerous. Serious side effects include potentially blinding retinal detachment, kidney failure, permanent tendon damage, psychotic reactions, and injury to your central nervous system. Medications such as Avelox, Cipro, and Levaquin have been named in over 2,000 drug injury lawsuits.1
Optimizing your gut flora includes avoiding sugar/fructose and processed foods, antibiotics (including conventionally-raised meats), chlorinated water, antibacterial soaps, agricultural chemicals and pollution. It’s also wise to reseed your gut with probiotics. Ideally, you’ll want to include traditionally fermented foods such as fermented vegetables in your diet, to protect and enhance your beneficial intestinal microflora.
How to Optimize Your Gut Flora
The good news is that positively influencing the bacteria growing in your body is relatively easy. Aside from reserving antibiotics for serious cases of infection only, one of the most important steps you can take is to stop consuming sugary foods. When you eat a healthy diet that is low in sugars and processed foods, one of the major benefits is that it causes the good bacteria in your gut to flourish and build up a major defense against the bad bacteria getting a foothold in your body in the first place.
This is one of the many reasons I highly recommend reducing, with the plan of eliminating, sugars and most grains from your diet. Following our FLT nutrition plan will help you optimize your diet in a systematic step-by-step fashion. A healthy diet is the ideal way to maintain a healthy gut, and regularly consuming traditionally fermented or cultured foods is the easiest way to ensure optimal gut flora. Healthy options include: Lassi (an Indian yogurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner, Tempeh, Kimchee and a high quality probiotic.
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