Bacteria

Probiotics ensure a healthy gut/brain connection

Probiotics

Healthy Bacteria

Probiotics are gaining momentum and for good reasons. Probiotics, also known as the friendly bacteria, are necessary for a healthy body and mind. Bacteria outnumber cells 10 to 1. On average, there are 5 pounds of bacteria in the human body. The key to a healthy micro-biome is to have the right balance of the friendly bacteria and the not as friendly bacteria. The not as friendly bacteria are necessary for a healthy micro-biome. It’s all about the correct balance. 

Since so many people are having digestive, immune, skin and brain issues, taking a high quality supplemental probiotic can start the journey to a healthier body and mind. Eating super healthy foods, including some fermented foods, is necessary to ensure the correct micro-biome balance. Some of the healthy fermented foods include sauerkraut, miso, raw yogurt and kefir, and kombucha. Other healthy protocols to ensure a healthy micro-biome include using natural and organic body care products, cutting back on taking showers every day, reducing or eliminating over the counter medications and antibiotics, and embracing dirt and germs by walking outside, barefooted, on natural surfaces such as grass, sand and dirt. Walking barefoot on the Earth’s natural surfaces is called Earthing. 

It can be overwhelming when deciding on what supplemental probiotics to take. There are dozens of choices at health food stores, many with different strains and with different amounts of probiotics, ranging from 5 billion to 400 billion. Fortunately, reviews.com has done a wonderful job of researching the maze of probiotics on the market by analyzing the effectiveness of the different probiotics based on different types of health issues. Here is the article by reviews.com on probiotics. Gut/brain connection!

Having the right balance of bacteria can also aid in healthy weight management. Here is an article from Health Ambition about probiotics and weight loss. Weight Loss!

If you need help with your gut/brain connection and micro-biome to ensure a healthier body and mind, please contact me for a free health evaluation. I offer health and wellness consultations all around the world. 

 

Constipation can lead to serious illness

Constipation is a very common health issue in our society. It can be an acute issue or a chronic issue and if it’s a chronic issue, it can lead to serious health problems. Why is constipation so prevalent? What are the main causes of constipation? 

The number one cause of constipation is the processed food that most folks are eating. This processed food is not food, it’s food like substances. (FLS) I coined this phrase last year while talking to a friend and expressing my concern and utter shock at all the FLS around us. This processed food is not recognized by the body and it’s void of any good bacteria, enzymes, and vitamins and minerals. The body has a hard time digesting this processed food and this leads to an imbalance in the micro-biome or bacteria in your gut. The bacteria are largely responsible for creating the perfect environment for creating and forming a health bowel movement. When the micro-biome is weakened, constipation sets in.

Other causes of constipation are stress, low stomach acid and taking too many pharmaceutical drugs. Stress can put your body in the sympathetic nervous system and this causes your body and mind to be on high alert for danger and this shuts down the digestive system and revs up your adrenaline, your heart rate and your respiratory system. Sadly, many people are in this sympathetic state most of the time and this hampers the digestive system.

Chronic constipation can lead to immune system problems, auto-immune diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, etc., headaches and migraines, fatigue, brain fog and many other health issues.

The best solutions to end the unhealthy cycle of constipation are to eat real food, reduce stress levels, decrease or eliminate pharmaceutical drugs and to move your body in a way that you enjoy. Best foods to eat: avocados, coconut oil, olives and olive oil, pastured raised meats, eggs, steamed green vegetables, home made vegetable juice, sauerkraut, fruit, but not too much fruit and kombucha tea. Nutritional supplements consisting of probiotics, enzymes, digestive bitters and if needed, HCL with Pepsin will be helpful. Gillette Nutriton offers an amazing Probiotic/Enzyme supplement called B-Pro. Here is the link to B-Pro.

Contact Gillette Nutriton for a free evaluation on your digestive issues.  Here are more Gillette Nutriton Blogs on digestive health. Digestive Health!

Crohn’s Disease

Digestive health issues are a huge epidemic in our society and one of the of most alarming digestive diseases is Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is growing at a fast rate and unfortunately, modern medicine does not and will not have the answer or cure. Why are many people suffering from Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is classified as an Irritable Bowel Disease and it is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn’s disease is also classified as an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks itself. It mainly occurs in the last part of the small intestine, called the ileum and the beginning of the large colon. However, Crohn’s disease can occur anywhere along the entire gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus and it can affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall. 

Some of the most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease include the following: persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, an urgent need to move bowels, abdominal cramps and pain, a sensation of incomplete evacuation and constipation. Other symptoms can include fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, night sweats and a loss of normal menstrual cycles. 

The main cause of Crohn’s disease is a poor diet made possible from our modern society with the large processed food companies, fast food restaurants, agricultural chemical products in the form of pesticides and the ever increasing genetical modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply. All of these modern applications to our food supply wreck havoc on our entire digestive and immune systems by greatly weakening the body’s ability to generate proper levels of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), the body’s ability to absorb nutrients within the small intestine and the body’s ability to keep the proper balance of bacteria, mainly in the large intestine, but throughout the entire body. When these functions of the body are weakened or destroyed, disease sets in and one of these diseases is Crohn’s disease. Simply put, Crohn’s disease is the inability of the digestive system to digest, absorb and assimilate the nutrients necessary for a healthy body and mind. This sets the stage for the body to start attacking itself because the body sees the undigested food in the blood steam as a foreign invader. Couple the undigested food with the chemicals from food and body care products and the stage for general war against the body is set. 

The best way to mitigate or cure Crohn’s disease is a complete lifestyle change, beginning with healthy food. The most healing diet includes the following foods: grass fed beef, pastured chicken, wild fish, pastured eggs, oysters, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, cod liver oil, bone broth from pastured animals, raw pastured butter, raw cow or goat milk, raw cow or goat yogurt and kefir, homemade vegetable juice, steamed vegetables, raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey and perhaps, some fruit here and there. All of these foods need to be hormone free and organic. Each person with Crohn’s disease will be at a different stage in their dealing with this disease and the above listed foods will vary from person to person. Some folks will be able to eat some fruit and cooked vegetables and some will not. Some folks will be able to digest raw milk and some will not. Some folks will have to eat a completely raw primal diet to ensure the best path to healing. Grains, beans, pasteurized dairy, nuts, seeds, added sweeteners, starches and raw vegetables need to be avoided to ensure the best healing of the digestive system. Avoid all processed foods, fast foods, GMO foods and pesticide laden foods. 

Certain supplements will be helpful and these supplements will vary from person to person. These supplements include the following: HCL with pepsin capsules, digestive bitters, digestive enzymes, probiotics, raw cod liver oil, whole foods based vitamin C, whole foods based zinc, other whole foods based vitamins and minerals, adaptogenic herbs, terramin clay and other supplements. 

Besides a radical change in diet, other lifestyle changes include the following: using very little body care products and these body care products need to be organic, getting outside as much as possible and soaking up the sunlight, following circadian rhythm, doing some Earthing (putting your bare feet on the Earth), engaging in moving your body, deep breathing, emotional expression and healing, reducing stress levels, spending time with loved ones, and standing up for yourself. Of course, there are other healthy lifestyle changes to incorporate into your life and it will vary from person to person.

Crohn’s disease is a challenging and sometimes, a major life altering disease. If we are going to see any reduction in Crohn’s disease with the hopes of curing it, we start with what we eat and we eat foods that have healing energy and properties; and from there, we start to radical change the way we live on every level of life: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

Healthy Bacteria and Digestion

Healthy Bacteria and digestion are deeply connected to ensure a healthy body and mind. Healthy bacteria and digestion work synergistically together. Bacteria are the staff of life. Bacteria does not cause disease. Processed foods cause disease. Health begins in the gut, mainly the large intestine, where 70% of the bacteria in your body, resides. Bacteria are part of your immune system and they help to dissolve toxins. Bacteria also aid in assimilating nutrients, producing certain nutrients and forming a healthy bowel movement. Healthy digestion is directly related to healthy bacteria. Nutrition aids in keeping bacteria in the correct balance. Healthy bacteria and digestion are so very important to ensure an overall healthy life.

Butter and Saturated Fat are Healthy

Butter and saturated fat are healthy! As a nutritionist and health coach, I am amazed at the low fat dogma that still persists in society. Once my clients see this dogma, they embrace the butter, coconut oil and eggs and feel much better.

The origins of butter go back thousands of years to when
our ancestors first started domesticating animals. In fact, the first
written reference to butter was found on a 4500- year old limestone tablet illustrating how butter was made. In India, ghee (clarified butter) has been used as a staple food, and as a symbol of purity, worthy of offering to the gods in religious ceremonies for more than 3000 years.
The Bible has references to butter as the product of milk
from the cow, and of Abraham setting butter and milk from a calf before
three angels who appeared to him on the plains of Mamre.
For millennia, people around the globe have prized butter
for its health benefits.
So how did butter become a villain in the quest for good
health?
At the turn of our century, heart disease in America was
rare. By 1960, it was our number one killer. Yet during the same time
period, butter consumption had decreased – from eighteen pounds per person per year, to four.
A researcher named Ancel Keys was the first to propose that
saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet were to blame for coronary
heart disease. Numerous subsequent studies costing hundreds of millions of dollars, have failed to conclusively back up this claim. Yet the notion that a healthy diet is one with minimal fat, particularly
saturated fat, has persisted. While Americans drastically reduced their
intake of natural animal fats like butter and meat, the processed food
industry, particularly the low-fat food industry, proliferated.
When the baby boomers were children, concerned mothers
began to replace butter with margarine. The margarine manufacturers told
them it was the healthier alternative and mothers believed them. In those
days no one asked, “Where is the science to prove it? I want to
know before I give this man-mad stuff to my children. After all we
humans have been eating butter for thousands of years.”
As a result, since the early 1970’s, Americans’ average saturated fat
intake has dropped considerably, while rates of obesity,
diabetes, and consequently, heart disease, have surged.
Reducing healthy sources of dietary fat has contributed to
a serious decline in the health of our bodies and minds. Those of us that speak out against the anti-fat establishment are still largely ignored.
Is Margarine Better than Butter? No! This is a tragic myth. Butter is a completely natural food essential to your health – especially when you eat organic. Please make the extra effort to obtain high-quality organic, raw butter. Margarines, on the other hand, are a processed food, created chemically from refined polyunsaturated oils. The process used to make these normally liquid oils into spreadable form is called hydrogenation. Margarine and similar hydrogenated or processed polyunsaturated oils are very detrimental to your health.

Butter is rich in the most easily absorbable form of Vitamin A, necessary for thyroid and adrenal health. Butter contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida and butter has the following healing properties:

1. Contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
2. Contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage.
3. Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
4. Is a great source of Vitamins E and K.
5. Is a very rich source of the vital mineral selenium.
6. Saturated fats in butter have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
7. Butter contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster
8. Vitamin D found in butter is essential to absorption of calcium.
9. Protects against tooth decay.
10. Is your only source of an anti-stiffness factor, which protects against calcification of the joints.
10. Anti-stiffness factor in butter also prevents hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland.
11. Is a source of Activator X, which helps your body absorb minerals.
12. Is a source of iodine in a highly absorbable form.
13. May promote fertility in women.
14. Is a source of quick energy, and is not stored in our body’s adipose tissue.
15. Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
16. Contains Arachidonic Acid, which plays a role in brain function and is a vital component of cell membranes.
17. Protects against gastrointestinal infections

 

Raw butter is an incredible raw fat. It is a top notch healing food for our modern times. It soothes and lubricates nerves, muscles, and mucous membranes, cleanses and strengthens all the organs and glands, heals intestinal lesions, dissolves hardened plaque from eating bad fats, binds with and helps remove toxins and waste products from the body, lubricates bones and joints, cleanses, fuels, lubricates, protects, and rejuvenates cells, and aids in new cellular growth.

Grass fed, raw, Organic Butter is the Best as all the nutrients are available as pasteurization destroys the enzymes, acids and some of the vitamins and minerals. If you cannot obtain raw butter, the best choice is grass fed, organic pasteurized butter.

Check out www.realmilk.com for raw butter, raw milk and other raw dairy products from every state in the USA.

Happiness and Nutrition

Have you ever looked at yourself and asked, “How happy am I?” If so, what did you discover? If not, give it a go and see how happy you really are.

Is there a connection between happiness and nutrition?

How many of your friends and family members are truly happy? Why are some people much happier than others? Can happiness be learned? Should we make being happy a part of our daily lives, like exercise, yoga, meditation, etc.?

What is happiness? Happiness, to me, is that deep down soulful feeling of joy and contentment, where you are constantly striving to see the positive in everyone and everything and to enjoy every moment. I stress the word, striving, because you do not have to be naïve and unaware of the sufferings of the word in order to be happy When a person is truly happy, life becomes like a lovely gentle flowing river. Granted, the river will experience drought and flooding, but overall, it is a steady flow of peace and harmony.

Everyone experiences pain, sadness and challenges in life, but, once again, how many people truly maintain a soulful radiance of happiness?

For my personal perspective, I know very few people that are truly happy, including myself. Yes, I am happy much of the time, but I still feel like I get too easily frustrated and overwhelmed with life and all the craziness of the world.

Therefore, I am on a mission to practice the art of being happy on a daily basis. While practicing the art of happiness, adding the art of objectivity will aid in your quest for happiness.

Here are five actions to help you on your journey with happiness.

1) Practice smiling to everyone you see and meet. You can even practice in front of a mirror.

2) Practice laughing. It may sound crazy, but laughter is so healing and there is not enough of it on our lives. In India there are laughing clubs, where people gather together and laugh. The next big rave could be laughing parties.

3) Focus on the positive, the light. Now a days, you usually hear of what people are against, not what they are for. (Anti-War, Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Poverty, the War against Drugs, the War against Terrorism, the War against Illiteracy, etc.)

All this fear based and negative focus brings more of what you do not want.

You need to focus on what you want. (Pro-Peace, Pro-Equal Rights, Pro-Prosperity, the Parade for Health, the Parade for Peace, the Parade for Literacy, etc.)

4) Practice heart connections with your friends, family and people you meet. Become genuinely interested in all that cross your path.

5) Do what brings you happiness and make sure you know the difference between doing something for happiness and doing something for pleasure. Pleasures are usually short lived and temporary, but things that make you happy transcend time and spring forth deep soul feelings of joy and contentment.

Being a nutritionist, I know there is some connection between happiness and nutrition. I know that eating healthy will aid in your quest to be happier. Good food will improve your digestive tract and there is a big connection between the gut and the brain. Healthy bacteria and strong stomach acid are essential for a healthy digestive system. Consuming lots of healthy fat and protein will supply the brain and nervous system with neurotransmitters ( serotonin, GABA, Acetylcholine, Dopamine and Norepinephrine ), essential fatty acids (EPA, DPA and ALA), hormones (cortisol, DHEA) and  vitamin D. All of these substances are essential for proper brain and nervous system health.

All in all, happiness is like so many other aspects of life; it is a state of mind and heart, a state, which, for most of us, must be practiced and practiced until it becomes a part of us.

 

Sugar from Head to Toe

Sugar is everywhere and it’s a contributing factor for a host of health issues and diseases. Sugar from head to toe means that sugar can adversely affect any part of your body. The following article is from http://www.fix.com/ and the author is Charlotte Hilton Andersen. http://www.fix.com/blog/authors/charlotte-hilton-andersen/

Sugar is so delicious that it can be easy to forget it is essentially a drug 1 that acts on every system in our body. Scientists have consistently found that eating too much of the sweet stuff is not only bad for our waistlines and teeth but can actually harm our bodies from head to toe. Consider this the next time the cookies in the break room are calling your name.

Brain:

Our brains are the most complex organ in our body and keep everything else in line, so it makes sense to keep them in top form. A 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found a significant link between high blood sugar and dementia 2. The researchers examined 2,067 older adults and found that the higher a person’s blood sugar levels, the greater the risk of dementia. A separate study published in the Journal of Neurology found that even people whose blood sugar was on the higher end of normal still showed memory loss and cognitive impairment compared to their less-sugared-up counterparts 3. When they looked at brain scans of the participants, the scientists found shrinkage in the hippocampus and the amygdala – areas of the brain associated with memory and cognitive function.

Eyes:

Did you know your eye doctor may be able to spot the early signs of diabetes? According to Brian Francis, an ophthalmologist at the Doheny Eye Center, high blood sugar causes retinal vascular changes and can cause blood vessels in your eyes to hemorrhage. Left untreated long enough, it could cause you to go blind.

  Normal Eye VS. Diabetic Pupil

Face:

Too many slices of birthday cake can make you look far older than the number of candles on the cake, according to a surprising 2011 study from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. Pictures of 600 people were shown to independent observers and those who had higher blood sugar levels were consistently marked as looking older – even when factors like sun exposure and smoking were taken into account. The researchers said it was because sugar inhibits the production of collagen and elastin, the stuff that gives our faces that youthful glow.

Heart:

No matter how many miles you run to burn off last night’s dessert, the sugar is still taking a toll on your heart. “Studies suggest that sugar causes the liver to produce more uric acid, and this leads to high blood pressure – the leading cause of death globally because it raises the risk of heart disease and stroke. Sugar also seems to raise cholesterol,” explains cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra 4. “What people don’t realize is that you can develop these problems and have a normal body mass index (BMI). I see it all in the time in my clinic – people aren’t overweight and don’t have diabetes, yet they’ve had a heart attack. I think sugar is one of the main culprits.”

  Rate of Avoidable Heart Disease by State

Liver:

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) may sound like an obscure illness but thanks to rising consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates, it now accounts for over 75 percent of all chronic liver disease 5 and affects about 25 percent of people in the U.S. According to Malhotra, if left untreated the liver can become damaged to the point where cirrhosis – irreversible liver damage – begins. Not only can liver failure be fatal, but having NAFLD also increases the risk of dying from cardiovascular causes 6.

Bowels:

Diets high in sugar-sweetened beverages and snacks were found to be a risk factor in developing bowel cancer, said researchers in a 2012 study from the University of Edinburgh 7. In addition, that pint of ice cream may be the cause of your constipation, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal issues as sugar has been shown to worsen the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome 8.

Bladder:

Answering the call of nature more times than is, well, natural? If you haven’t upped your water intake, you might want to get your blood sugar levels checked, says Muhammad Shamim Khan, MD, a urologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. “If a patient consumes more sugar than the body can handle, it will be passed out in the urine and it may affect their frequency.” He adds that it is one of the first symptoms of diabetes.

Vagina:

A yeast infection won’t kill you but it can definitely ruin your day, and high sugar intake has been shown to increase your susceptibility to the itchy infection 9. Just like brownies make the perfect welcome gift for your new neighbors, eating a brownie creates the perfect welcoming environment for the bacteria that cause yeast infections.

Legs:

Gout, that the painful condition caused by uric acid build-up in joints, isn’t just for the elderly anymore. A 2009 study published in the British Medical Journal found that the illness, which can lead to full-blown arthritis, is linked to sugar consumption. The researchers found that even a few sodas a week was associated with an increasing risk of gout10.

  Sugar from Head-to-Toe
 

Digestive Health!

Digestive Health is the key to a healthy body and mind. If your digestive health is awesome, you will be living free of illness and disease.  Let’s take a quick look at the digestive system.

The digestive system consists of your mouth, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine and anus. Digestive health begins with chewing your food properly. Saliva mixes with the food and begins the digestive process. The next step in digestive health is the most important: the stomach and stomach acid. Once food enters the stomach, hydrochloric acid is secreted to break down the food, mainly protein, into a soup or a chyme ball. Stomach acid, when breaking down food, should be between a .8 and 1.0. Stomach acid is extremely acidic and it has to be in order to break down the food so the small intestine and the enzymes from the pancreas and the bile from the liver and gall bladder can further break down the chyme ball so that the body and the cells can absorb the nutrients from the food.

If the stomach acid is not strong enough, the chyme ball will not be broken down enough and all the actions of the small intestine, pancreas, large intestine, etc, will be out of balance.

If the stomach acid is strong enough, the pancreas will secrete the right amount of bicarbonate to alkalize the acidic chyme ball and enzymes to break down the chyme ball and the gallbladder will secrete the correct amount of bile to further break down fat.

Most of the absorption takes place in the small intestine where the nutrients will slip through into the blood stream and the fiber and other parts of the food will continue on to the large intestine.

The large intestine is where the bulk of the bacteria resides and for good reason. The bacteria in the large intestine are part of the immune system, help to create certain nutrients, absorb some of the nutrients from the food and create a stool to be secreted out of the anus. The key to a healthy large intestine and  healthy stools is the correct balance of bacteria. The bulk of your stool is dead bacteria, not fiber.

Another problem that can happen in the digestive system is bacteria overgrowth in the small intestine and bacteria in the stomach. If this happens, major digestive problems will occur such as Chron’s disease, bacteria infections, fatigue, etc. The small intestine contains some bacteria and the stomach contains none. The main reason for overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine and bacteria entering the stomach is low stomach acid.

Another interesting aspect of digestive health is the balance between alkaline and acidic parts of the digestive system. The mouth is alkaline, the stomach is acidic, the small intestine is alkaline and the large intestine is acidic.

This is just a small, but very informative, amount of information about digestive health. If you are having any type of digestive problems, please book a package of consultations with Gillette Nutrition so you can learn the skills to heal and to achieve awesome and amazing health.

Low Stomach Acid

Do you suffer from gas (flatulence), bloating, heart burn, acid reflux, or that rock in the stomach feeling? Your stomach is not producing enough acid.One of the most under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed health conditions is low stomach acid, medically referred to as hypochlorhydria.  Low stomach acid can cause a host of health problems such as: malnutrition, bacteria infections, auto-immune disease, skin rashes, arthritis, mild depression and anxiety and overall digestive problems. Low stomach acid is caused, mainly, from unhealthy eating and stress. The over prescribed medical protocol of using antacids is not the answer. In fact, antacids make the matter worse.

Bacteria Is The Staff Of Life And It Does Not Cause Disease

Bacteria and germs actually help our bodies to become stronger and healthier and they help to remove toxins from our bodies. I refer you to Aajonus Vonderplanitz, PHd in nutrition and the creator of the primal diet. He states the “janitor” role very clearly. In fact, Aajonus, states that bacteria, germs, viruses and even parasites aid our bodies in removing toxins. A quote from Dr. Henry Bieler sums it up: “DISEASE IS NOT CAUSED BY GERMS, BUT BY THE TOXIC ENVIRONMENT WE CREATE WITHIN OUR BODIES FROM TODAY’S COUNTERFEIT FOODS!”
I also refer you to “probiotics”, the friendly bacteria. Countless books have stated how friendly bacteria play a role in building our immune systems and removing toxins, etc. from our bodies.

Should We Worry About Bacteria?

Bacterial concern is a phobia that has swept the civilized
world. Our natural food-supply is being annihilated because of it.
We must look rationally at the bacterial issue. Consider the fact
that many tribes ate primarily unsalted raw meat, unsalted raw
fats and/or unsalted raw dairy products from the beginning. They
did not wash their hands or sterilize their food before eating.
Every form of natural bacteria, including salmonella, E. coli and
campylobacteria were eaten with their food, abundantly and
constantly. Why were they vibrant, healthy and disease-free if
microbes are the culprits?

From the time babies are born, they put everything in their
mouths, including dirt and microbes. It is believed that babies build
immunity through small benign doses of bacteria, allergens, and
pathogens. I believe that for millions of years animals, including humans, formed working
relationships with bacteria, germs, viruses and parasites.  Those
microbes have a janitorial role in nature and we benefit from
them. When parents stop babies from putting stuff in their
mouths, they hinder the relationship with microbes and the
environment, unless of course the objects are poisonous, such as
man-made chemicals and most toys that are made from plastic.

I am not saying to never wash your hands or take a shower, but do not use anti-bacterial soap and products that are filled with man-made chemicals and do not overly use soap and wash your hair everyday. Begin to have a good relationship with nature and with bacteria. Play in the dirt, plant a garden, walk barefoot, eat lots of raw foods, including fermented foods and become one with the beauty of Mother Nature. As you embrace the role of bacteria, you will become healthier with a stronger immune system, a stronger digestive system and a stronger neurological system. Yes, your brain will function better and your mental state will improve.