The Bugs From Within

In this era of sterilization, disinfection and sanitization, it is surprising for many to learn that their body is a huge reservoir of bacteria. A healthy person lives in harmony with these organisms in a state of symbiosis. Some times this happy balance becomes altered and is referred to as dysbiosis.

The term normal or indigenous flora is used to describe microorganisms that are frequently found in or on the body of healthy individuals. Microbiologists estimate that humans contain up to 400 distinct species of bacteria. The type and number vary in different areas of the body, with the large intestine being the most populous. The skin, respiratory and genitourinary tracts are all colonized by a variety of organisms. These flora thrive in their particular environment because of site-specific determinants such as pH, available nutrients and interaction with other bacteria.

The normal flora plays an important role in our health. Amazingly, these bacteria help develop and maintain our competent immune system through assisting in antibody production. Intestinal flora produce a variety of B vitamins and vitamin K, however these amounts are small as compared to those obtained in a well balanced diet. Without the indigenous flora, opportunistic infections can occur, such as seen with the common yeast infection caused by Candida albicans.

Drugs such as antibiotics, corticosteroids, oral contraceptives and hormones can disturb the delicate bacterial balance. Chemotherapeutics and radiation therapy for cancer treatment are common dysbiosis inducers. A host of intestinal illnesses such as Crohn’s disease and malabsorption syndromes often have flora disturbances associated with them. A high sugar, refined carbohydrate diet, stress and travel outside the country are other causes of dysbiosis.

Symptoms of micro flora imbalance often include gas, bloating, abdominal pain and alteration in bowel movements. However, systemic symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, joint pain, rashes and mood changes are not uncommon with this condition.

Treatment of dysbiosis consists of appropriate antibacterial or antifungal medication to kill the “bad guys”. “Good” bacteria are supplemented in the form of Lactobacillus acidophilus to help repopulate the intestines.

Dysbiosis can affect anyone at any age. Treatment of this condition is crucial to the maintenance of good health and often assists in those unexplained problems that recur or become chronic.

 

Copyright © 2003 by Dr. Garrett G. Swetlikoff

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    Intermittent Fasting

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     Intermittent Fasting: Fasting is not starvation. Starvation is the involuntary absence of food, while fasting is the voluntary withholding of food for health or spiritual reasons.
    Fasting has been practiced by all civilizations worldwide for thousands of years.
    Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It’s not about what you eat, but more about when you eat. Fluids such as water, tea, small amounts of coffee etc. are not restricted in IF.

     

    These are the most popular methods:

    The 16/8 method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as between 12-8 . Then you fast for 16 hours in between, til lunch the next day. Ideally you do not want to eat later than 3 hours before bedtime.

    Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.

    The 5:2 diet: With this method, you consume only 500–600 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week, but eat normally the other 5 days.

    IF has been shown to drop insulin levels and make insulin more sensitive. This forces more fat loss, thus assisting in weight loss. Growth hormone levels significantly rise in IF which help muscle growth and fat loss. Many immune and genetic functions balance and repair themselves with IF, leading to longevity and disease protection.

    IF can help you lose weight, reduce inflammation, improve blood sugar and insulin control, improve brain and heart health, may reduce cancer risk and overall act as an anti-aging tool.

    Pregnant, breastfeeding, underweight/eating disorder individuals and less than 18 years of age people should not IF. Diabetic, hypoglycemic, low blood pressure or seriously ill people should not IF without medical guidance or supervision.

    At KNC, we have experience with IF and assisted many through implementation and monitoring of this technique. If interested, give us a call.

    Some info above is taken from https://www.healthline.com/nutri…/intermittent-fasting-guide

     

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