The first time I heard about probiotics - the healthy gut bacteria we need for good digestion, was when I had to take a course of antibiotics and it came with a serious instruction to follow the course with probiotics. The reason to reintroduce gut culture is because of a problematic side effect from such dramatic intervention; a damaged gut biome. The problem is in the name - antibiotics because they are, broadly speaking, a bacteria killer.
I paused for thought, then, on all the antibacterial products we are spraying and inhaling,rubbing into our skins and lathering on our children’s hands during this pandemic and wondered how that works for us in the same context as antibiotics.
we’ve been using to fight the threat of Covid19
that we have endured this year?
I found that the answer is a convincing yes! Besides the obvious observation that the category of products we are talking about are definitively designed to wipe bacteria out, do we know the threshold of staying hygienically safe and still protecting against the contagious pathogens we get exposed to in the shared ecosystem outside of our homes?
Gut health is all about balancing the microbiome to function optimally, and fluctuations in this balance combined with exposure to pathogenic, or bad bacteria, is why we get sick.
Perhaps the conditions we live in call for acute sanitising and we may not have control over how much exposure we get of these chemicals, but knowing that probiotics arms me with a functional immune system, then obvious comes full circle. Should I be taking probiotics to maintain a healthy gut culture, more so now that we are using so many antibacterial products and sanitisers?
Yes! It is the most sensible remedy, right after wise choices in what chemicals we breathe, rub and lather into our bodies.
We at NuMEsa believe in a healthy tummy, happy life!
Witten by Viv Brown