Top 5 Reason to Love Bacteria

Author: Allisha Heidt  •  Date: February 3, 2017  •  Appears in: News

Top 5 Reason to Love Bacteria

As a culture we have been taught to be afraid of bacteria, to clean bacteria and remove it from our day to day lives. What we should be doing instead is embracing bacteria.

It’s bacteria that makes us healthy and alive. Most of us don’t realize that there are two different kinds of bacteria – The Good and The Bad. The presence of good bacteria on and in our bodies is crucial to our immunity and resistance to pathogens. The bacteria that is housed in our intestinal tract the messenger that tells the rest of our body how to heal when different organs and systems are not functioning optimally. And so, it’s extremely important to take care of our good bacteria and create an environment that allows it to function well. When we have a lifestyle that is laden with chemical, antibiotics, processed foods, sugar, coffee and alcohol, we create an environment in our body that compromises the health of our good bacteria and thus creates a space that allows bad bacteria to thrive. If I haven’t convinced you yet, I’m confident that my favourite 5 reasons to love bacteria will. Drum roll please....

1. Bacteria helps us digest our food properly so that we can absorb the nutrients and minerals in the foods we eat

2. Bacteria keeps us looking younger. ​ Bacteria has antioxidant effects and helps create resistance to the damage that free radicals in our bodies cause like tissue damage and oxidative stress to name just a couple

3. A presence of healthy bacteria can help you lose weight. Intestinal bacterial flora is said to improve your metabolism and reduce your chances of obesity

4. Bacteria can reduce symptoms of chemotherapy and radiation. We have so many clients of ours telling us that fermented foods are one of the main reasons that they can eat and absorb nutrients during treatment

5. And finally, we should LOVE bacteria because we ARE bacteria​. There are over a trillion different types of bacteria present in and on our bodies with hundreds of different species that live in our intestines alone.

Allisha Heidt

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Allisha Heidt is a Master Fermentista and Co-founder at MotherLove Ferments Co. Aside from spending her time brewing the best organic kombucha in the Okanagan, she loves spending time on her yoga mat, going on paddling adventures on her SUP board and eating sushi. Her passion for fermenting was inspired by the desire to improve the connection her family had with the food they eat.
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