We live in a toxic world. Whether it’s pesticides on our foods, heavy metals in our water, or bisphenol-s in baby bottles, our ability to respond to these challenges represents a critically important parameter in determining our health as well as long-term risk for disease.
Today on The Empowering Neurologist, I interview Dr. Deanna Minich, author of the new book, Whole Detox: A 21-Day Personalized Program to Break Through Barriers in Every Area of Your Life.
We Americans seem to be obsessed with hygiene and cleanliness. Whether it’s the hand sanitizer dispenser at the end of virtually every aisle in the grocery store, the plethora of antimicrobial cleaning products, or our insistence on taking powerful antibiotics for every cough or cold, somehow or another we have bought into the mentality that bugs are bad and are waging a war against us at every turn.
As it turns out, in many ways the multitude of bacteria that exist in our world and within our bodies may actually be doing more good than harm. Within our intestines, for example, there exists a vast and expensive colony of living organisms upon which we are completely dependent for our wellbeing. Most of these organisms reside within the intestine and are called our microbiota. In fact, the number of organisms living within each of us outnumber the cells of our body by a factor of 10 to 1.
And it is these bacteria and other organisms including fungi and viruses that control any number of aspects of our physiology that determine health versus illness. Our immune function, levels of inflammation, ability to fight cancer cells, detoxification, and even absorption of various nutrients, are all intimately dependent upon the various species of organisms that live within the gut. Continue reading