Spring is upon us. I can feel it in my bones as the sun starts to poke through the dark clouds. It makes me feel like a mad man that wants to clean everything.
My heart gets a flutter and the thought of vacuuming, dusting and throwing things away gets me pumped. However, I often neglect to do the same to my body. So, I want to do a little spring cleaning this year with something much more important than my car, or house, my body!
With that said, I thought I’d give you a spring cleaning guide line for your gut. We all need to continuously populate and cleanse our gut. There are things we can do to get rid of the bad bacteria while giving our body the probiotics it needs to thrive.
Where You Should Begin
My wife is quite fond of throwing things out. I know that for some of us, meaning you and me, that can be a tough thing. Yet, in the world of spring cleaning it’s a must! That old couch or beat up rocking chair can go. The stuff piled up in the attic collecting dust should be thrown out.
As harsh as it might seem the same principles apply to your gut health. There are some foods that need to be thrown out! I recommend cleaning out your cupboards to be quite honest.
One of the first foods that I recommend removing includes conventional dairy and conventional meat. This may be the last thing you think about when you think about your microbiome.
Milk, Cheese and Meat, really?
The reason these foods must be considered lies in one word, antibiotics. We all know that taking an antibiotic can wreak havoc on one friendly bacteria. The term antibiotic literally means anti-life. Knowing this, to be wise, you should double up your probiotics when prescribed antibiotics.
Yet, what if I told you that 87% of the worlds antibiotic usage was for factory farmed animals? That means that a majority of your antibiotic intake is coming from factory farmed meat and conventional dairy (1). Even for the CDC, Antibiotic Resistance isn’t a joke anymore.
Oftentimes, the animals in a factory farm setting whether it be a cow, chicken or pig are fed antibiotics from birth. The terrible truth is that you’re overloading on antibiotics when eating these foods.
You should cut these out of your diet immediately. Come on, this is spring cleaning and sometimes you have to make hard choices.
You may be wondering about yogurt. That’s a dairy product but cultured. I will be writing something on this in the future. However, you can click this link to a Yogurt Buyer’s Guide. This will help you to make informed choices for you and your family.
I’ll bring you more next week when we go through the best part! Adding in something new. You can see Part II here. However, there is a bit more to this post.
Last But Not Least
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