We live in an age that has been inundated with the ideology of a germ free life. You use the antibacterial soap to kill bad germs, you take antibiotics to clear yourself of germs and you use the sterilizing wipes to clean down surface areas.
What if I were to tell you that you’re made of trillions upon trillions of bugs? Actually, you are more bacteria than human. 90% of the genetic make-up in your body is made up of those little fellas.
This may creep you the hell out. You may be disgusted right now. I mean, you can only use so many lysol wipes! Yet, what if I told you that your gut flora made a huge impact on your homes microbiome? That’s right, your home, your office, your gym contains trillions upon trillions of bacteria and those using that facility directly impact that microbiome(1).
Your Homes Microbiome
We should have an idea by now that we are made of bacteria. Our entire gut system has a lining of bacteria that produce enzymes to digest our foods Those little bacteria are quintessential for our health. Without them we wouldn’t digest the foods we consume.
Actually, there are serious diseases where a dysbiosis of the gut cause fatal malnutrition. In the most extreme cases people can die of things like B12 deficiency. You can see more on gut Dysbiosis here.
However, your home can be in dysbiosis, too. According to this study from 2014 published in Science we influence the microbiome around us. This research followed 6 families for 6 weeks. 3 of those families performed a move during that time.
The researchers found astonishing results. Bacteria, first of all, was everywhere. Because of skin shedding and walking around barefoot bacteria followed the homeowners. Even if one person left, the microbiome would shift. Meaning, a persons absence causes a change in household bacteria!
Actually, they found the microbiome of the home to be quite aggressive. The bacteria moved in quickly and took over the host home as fast as the humans.
When the homeowners changed houses the original home lost their original homeowners bacteria within days. All while the new home was invaded in an even shorter amount of time. This is astounding.
What Does This Mean?
Well, this has some serious implications. The truth is that many of us have horrendous microbial flora. Diseases like C.Diff, Salmonella, E.Coli, Candida, H. Pylori and a host of other pathogens, parasites and worms infest the human microbiome.
Especially, on the Western diet, many of us are consuming antibiotics in our drinking water and meat products. Then we are eating massive amounts of Wheat, Canola, and Corn that has been doused with Glyphosate.
The sad truth about Glyphosate, or Round-up, is that it absolutely murders friendly bacteria like Acidophillus, Bifidobacterium, and Lactobicillus. Actually, there’s a hefty amount of research to suggest that Glyphosate not only kills the good bacteria but proliferates the pathogens and parasites (2)!
With that being the truth, we could be facing some major challenges in living with others that are not healthy. Think about it, have you ever noticed how different your home seems when someones not there. It may not be your imagination. The microbiome of the room you’re sitting in, reading this, is effected by all of the people who have set foot in it.
Other Environments to Consider
The home is not the only place that this happens. Actually, there are several locations that you visit that may contain bacteria that aren’t all that friendly.
One of the first and most obvious places would include your work environment. Wherever you work there are people effecting the microbiome of that location. The skin they shed, the places they touch with their hands all create a shift.
These people carry not only so called germs with them but other things like parasites, funguses and pathogens that dramatically impact the room.
There was a recent study that considered gym equipment. They found that the microbiome was dramatically influenced by one use of the equipment (3). This means that it doesn’t take much to transfer bacteria.
What Can You Do?
Have you ever heard the saying, “if you’re not a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem?” That may be true in this case more than ever. If you have bad gut bacteria you could be dramatically impacting your home, workplace and gym with dangerous pathogenic bacteria.
This could be effecting the health of those closest to you. Maybe people you don’t even know. So, you need to heal your gut. There are dozens of articles on this website to help point you in the right direction.
The truth is that if you have a healthy microbiome it won’t matter what type of pathogens are floating around you. Your body will be able to destroy them. Gut flora are extremely aggressive. Whether good or bad they force their keep. It’s akin to tribal warfare.
Keep all of this in mind next time your at your office or at the gym. Do what you can to positively influence the environment. Also, keep your gut flora and microbiome healthy so as to protect yourself. The bad pathogens are as aggressive as the good. If they find a weak spot, they will take over.
When they do that, it’s going to be much more difficult to purge them. Instead of suffering through that, keep yourself healthy and enjoy those fermented vegetables, kefirs, and probiotic supplements!
Does this gross you out? Where are you most scared to go now? Let us know in the comments.