Killing Bad Bacteria Gut Information

When there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut, it opens the door to all sorts of health challenges ranging from simple digestive issues like too much gas and bloating to autoimmune diseases.  Having an overgrowth of bad bacteria also influences our cravings for food.  Did you ever crave sugary foods? Thank your gut bacteria for that.  Bad bacteria feeds off of sugar and when they need more ‘food’ they will influence your brain to make the decision to eat more sugar.  Thought you had no willpower? Well think again, it’s your microbes demanding to be fed!  Bad bacteria also influences whether your body will store food as fat rather than energy. Killing bad bacteria gut Information is important to know and apply in your life so you can finally be free of your microbes determining the state of your health, cravings, and weight.Overgrowth of Bad Bacteria

How to Kill Bad Bacteria In The Gut

  1. The first thing you need to do to kill off bad bacteria is to stop eating sugar.  Bad gut bacteria feed off of sugar so you need to starve them and kill them off. If you need help getting sugar out of your life, I highly recommend you to do a sugar detox.
  2. Take simple carbs out of your diet.  Simple carbs like bread, rice, and pasta turn to sugar and feed the bad bacteria just like sweet foods do.
  3. Increase antioxidants that boost your immune system like OPC’s , vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids.  You can purchase these in supplement forms but it’s always best to eat the organic, whole food variety of these antioxidants.  But to jumpstart a program of killing bacteria, it can be a good idea to use supplements to quicken the process. These antioxidants boost the immune system which then attacks bad bacteria.  
  4. Oregano oil – 4 drops of oregano oil a day can help kill off bad bacteria. Read more about other ways to kill off bad bacteria with oregano oil here.   

Other Ways To Reduce Bad Bacteria

Killing off bad bacteria is a great first step in reducing the overgrowth of bacteria in your gut, but there are other ways to reduce bad bacteria.  If you do all of the above but continue a lifestyle that fosters the growth of bad bacteria, you won’t make much headway.  Here are other things to avoid to reduce bad bacteria.


  • Chemicals and preservatives in food.  Read labels and stay away from ingredients you don’t understand.
  • Antibiotics. We overuse antibiotics and it increases the ratio of bad bacteria. Do not use antibiotics for simple colds and flu.  It’s not necessary and will do more damage in the long term.  Antibiotics kill off all bacteria, good and bad. If you have to take antibiotics make sure you are taking a high quality probiotic. Check out my shop page for some excellent ones.
  • Chlorine can be in our tap water and it destroys gut bacteria.  Use filtered, high-quality water for home use and purchase high-quality spring water to avoid chlorine.
  • Environmental toxins.  Things like household cleaners, pesticides, lawn chemicals etc will wreak havoc on our good bacteria allowing bad bacteria to thrive.
  • Excessive stress.  To balance stress, you need to incorporate stress-reducing activities into your daily life.  Do crossword puzzles, sleep for 7-8 hours every night, meditate, exercise.  For more information about how to start a meditation practice sign up here:

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  • Avoid hand sanitizers. Hand sanitizers kill beneficial bacteria as well as bad bacteria. Plain soap and water will do the trick.
  • Avoid heavy metals.  This means staying away from canned tuna which can have high levels of mercury.
  • Do not eat traditional meat.  Meat traditionally raised is filled with chemicals and antibiotics.  This is passed on to you when you consume it.  Always go for organic and grass fed beef.
  • Stay away from NSAIDs and OTC pain relievers.  They kill off good bacteria. If you need pain relief try a bowl of tart cherries or drink Golden Milk which is made with turmeric a potent pain reliever. Here is a recipe for Golden Milk, drink it every day.
  • Trans fats. Trans fats are very damaging to the body and increase inflammation which allows bad bacteria to survive. Stick with healthy fats like olive oil, avocado oil, grass fed butter, coconut oil etc.

In conclusion, killing bad bacteria is a way to heal your gut and start the healing process.  But killing bad bacteria is not the end of the process.  Avoiding those foods and environmental toxins that encourage the growth of bad bacteria is also necessary to do. If you’d like to start an effective sugar detox to jump start the process, I recommend Diane Sanfilippo’s 21 Day Detox.
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12 Comments Add yours
  1. Hello, you have some really good information on this post and really enjoyed reading it, health is a vital part of happiness and more information at a different angle is always beneficial.

    Have all the success and happiness, the message for for how to stay and be happy has to get out and stay out there.

    Kind regards.


  2. “Having an overgrowth of bad bacteria also influences our cravings for food” What? Those sneaky, little . . . LOL. That is so interesting.
    The good news is there is so much great actionable information here. The bad news is I believe my bad gut bacteria is winning. I will be cutting out sugar to turn the tides. The simple carbs will take more work for me to eliminate.

    1. Hi Tony! If you cut out the sugar, you will feel so much better. It’s hard to explain how much better you will feel. If you thought you felt okay Cutting simple carbs is difficult. We all love bread, chips, pasta. But if you can start with sugar, you are on your way. One thing at a time! If you ever could use health coaching, sign up for a free consultation.

  3. Hi Linda,
    Reading the first paragraph of your post was like having you speaking to me directly!
    Yes, I have experienced bloating and yes, I have had this strong craving for sugar. I thought initially these are because I am getting old. Gosh…now I know they are caused by all these bad bacteria in my gut.

    I will definitely follow your advice and tips in getting rid of them, and to avoid them. Thanks!

  4. Hi!
    Really interesting! I’ve been doing a sugar detox on and off for a while as I think it is THE most important diet we can do right now when just about everything is full of the stuff. I’m a relatively slim and fit guy but had a few pounds I could have done without, ‘lovehandles’ I believe they’re called?! Anyway a simple 4 week sugar detox lost me a stone of these blubbery bits and left me feeling rather good. The best bit was that the suger craving actually died off.

    1. Hey Steve, and that’s the amazing thing, the cravings do go away. That’s because you don’t have those nasty bacteria screaming for sugar because they’re dead. 🙂

  5. Being over weight, your blog made me think about all the reasons for it, reasons that does not include over eating. Thought that might be the only reason…

    1. There are so many other reasons for being overweight and overeating is many times not the cause. It’s what you’re eating and lifestyle. Let me know how you are doing!

  6. What an amazing post. Your information is incredible and really opened my eye. I cant wait to share this with my wife. Healthy eating seems to be one of those things society traded for convenience and speed.
    I’m going to follow your plan and look forward to new information from your pages.

    1. Thank you, Dale! So happy it helped you. Please let me know how you are doing, I love the feedback. If you ever have a subject you’d like me to write about, please feel free to contact me and let me know!

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