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We have more mircro-organisms in our bodies than our own human cells.  This never ceases to amaze me!

As I move into my 2nd decade of working with patients, the importance of digestion on our overall health can not be overstated.  Many people who experience gas and bloating chalk it up to ‘beans the musical food’ and assume it’s commonality means normality.  What they don’t realize is that gas is the outcome of a festive event of creepy crawly yeast and bacteria who’s respiration results in our gas.  The more organisms are reproducing, the more gas we’ll experience.  The more gas we’re experiencing, the more inflammation and impaired nutrient assimilation we’ll experience.  The outcome of this can be any number of symptoms.  Some common experiences include:

  • migraine and tension headaches
  • acne and eczema
  • body pain including back & neck pain
  • mood dysregulation – irritability, depression
  • fatigue
  • abdominal pain
  • respiratory illness and frequent colds

Long term, organism overgrowth plays a part in many chronic diseases including; fibromyalgia, nutrient deficiencies, auto-immune diseases, cancers, atherosclerosis, chronic pain and many more.

Tending to our micro-flora is something that needs to be done on a routine basis.  In traditional cultures, organisms were consumed every day with produce fresh from the earth and foods preserved with culturing such as sauerkraut, kimchee and chutneys.

Today our foods are “cleaned” to the extend that their sterility impairs us.  Without a continuous source of microbes in our systems, we’re even more vulnerable to infectious organisms.  This in addition to our high sugar and processed food diets results in lots of organism parties, and lots of gas!

Adding beneficial microorganisms to the daily routine is the #1 most important thing you can do to create health in the digestive system as well as throughout the body.

May 22nd, Water Kefir Instruction and Distribution!

My all time favorite health routine is the brewing of water based kefir.  This amazing bubbly probiotic beverage is a great way to ensure adequate micro-flora as well as to address organism imbalance.

Join me at 5:30 for instructions and your own starter for a lifetime supply of digestive health.  I will have a variety of recipes to sample as well as information on why this is an essential addition to you and your families routine.

Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic, 304 Main St. Unit C, Lyons, CO 80540.

Call 303-823-9355 to register.  Space is limited, but this class will repeat when I have enough to share.Image

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The noise of a rumbling and grumbling belly can be quite a disconcerting experience.  Particularly when it’s awkwardly timed at a business meeting, a romantic moment or worse!  Was it something I ate?  Montezuma’s revenge?  Or is it normal?  These are all questions pondered while trying to pretend it’s really the dog’s belly that everyone is uncomfortably hearing.

Our bodies are made up of more microorganisms than our own human cells.  These microflora exist as symbiotic support to our organ systems or as pathology, depending upon the environment.  Just like the tree depends on microflora to accompany the minerals from the soil into the roots, the microflora in our bodies play an imperative role in our overall health.

When we are born, we establish our microflora from everything we contact.  The birth canal serves as our initial inoculation. The breast, the dust, and all the things that babies put into their mouths help form our internal terrain.  The content of this exposure has changed dramatically over the past 100 years, as we have modified our lives to be further removed from nature.  In the past, dirt from the earth would track into the house on our feet and settle on the floors where babies were crawling. Now, it’s petroleum products from the roads and sidewalks, or chemicals from the lawns. Rather than playing with wooden toys and natural fibers, children are often exposed to synthetic materials made up of innumerable chemical components that do little to benefit physiology…and often impair it.

The microflora in our bodies serve to protect us or to harm us.  The analogy of a tree in a forest can illustrate how the microflora either support our growth or support our degradation to make room for the next tree.  If we consider a forest that has become boggy, with less sunlight and more moisture, the flora will change to better fit this environment.  In this regard, any pathogen is also serving a role in physiology.

If a person accumulates toxins in her body, the candida species may become overgrown to bind the toxins and prevent them from circulating freely and causing damage.  When pathogenic bacterial colonies develop in the body, a fever may result, which will increase circulation and enhance gene transcription to make stronger cells.

How do we maintain health amongst our trillions of microbial companions?  Aside from being properly inoculated with beneficial and natural microbes in our early life, the microbial balance is something that can be supported with everyday living. Traditional cultures regularly consumed foods that were rich in microbes. Foods fresh from the earth were a consistent source of microbes. Preserving foods with pickling and fermentation methods enhances the beneficial microbes that are consumed. Eating foods that are made with starter cultures such as sourdough bread, yogurt, and kefir is another way of adding beneficial microbes to the body.

In our modern world, the produce from the grocery store and pasteurized foods limit the quantity and quality of microbes that we ingest.  This, in addition to the over-use of anti-microbial substances (such as soaps) can impair our microbial balance.  The imbalance can make us even more vulnerable to pathogenic microbes, and the deficit of “good” microflora weakens the defense mechanisms of our overall body.

Just as every gardener knows the soil must be tended to on a regular basis, every human should also know that our systems need regular support.  Eating the freshest, organic foods on a daily basis, and choosing natural materials for our homes and clothing whenever we can (especially with small children) are important first steps. Secondly, routinely consuming fermented foods, yogurt, and kefir can greatly support our health.  These steps provide an excellent, broad spectrum of microbes that each perform a variety of different functions in the body.

Supporting digestion with powdered or encapsulated probiotic material (microflora) has become commonplace to replace what is often lacking in modern diets. Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of many organisms found to exist as a predominantly “friendly bacteria” in our bodies, so this is supplemented to enhance microbial colonies. Research has demonstrated supplementation with probiotics can assist in healing the gut of a myriad of digestive diseases, support the immune system, reduce allergy symptoms, improve eczema, and so on. One study demonstrated antibiotics are actually more effective when used in conjunction with probiotics.

While probiotics can be miraculous for many, the constant or inappropriate use of them can cause problems, as well.  As always with health, an individualized approach is best. Regarding microbes, the entirety of the microbial environment must also be considered.  If the balance is already off, adding more of one thing to a system may result in an overgrowth of that particular organism.  If the body has too much dampness, too much heat, too much acidity, or any other element of imbalance, then there may be many more pieces to the puzzle of healing than just adding or removing a single piece.

Feel free to give me a call or an email if you have any questions, comments or are interested in further understanding and correcting a imbalance in your digestive system.

With warmest blessings,

Dr. Sara Hart

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