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.
How to Kill Bad Bacteria In The Gut
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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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