ANTIBIOTICS & 5 Reasons We Need Probiotics #HealthHacks


“My stomach hurts when I eat and I don’t know why!”

“I had antibiotics and now I’m constipated.”

“I had antibiotics and now I have diarrhea.”


1.) Because antibiotics. ūüôā  Antibiotics destroy the beneficial bacteria or healthy flora that normally inhabits our digestive tract and can allow “bad” bacteria to grow.                                 Hospitals may  now consider probiotics as a cost-effective treatment when C-Dif grows too much after antibiotics1.

2.)  This good bacteria makes B vitamins2 and in combination with vitamin k has potential to have an antiproliferative effect on colon adenocarcinoma3.

3.)  Beneficial bacteria regulates whether we have constipation or diarrhea – even diarrhea caused by C-Dif4 and have even been found “promising” to help with inflammatory bowel disease.  The following abstract recommends specific strains that were found effective to some degree in medical literature.5

4.) Healthy gut flora keeps us slim.  A double-blind study found that a particular strain of  lactobacillus rhamnosus was shown to lower the weight of obese men and women6.

5.) Probiotics are said to be our “second brain” because they even affect how we think.  Dr.             Perlmutter says it is more accurate to call gut flora our “first brain”! (from Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – For Life )

Beneficial bacteria is all around us.  We even have bad bacteria that lives in our intestinal tract that doesn’t cause a problem for us until it grows over a certain percentage.  This time of the year, sugar in seasonal goodies may cause a candida overgrowth and UTIs 7.  A bonus reason to consider probiotics!  For my favorite #probiotic reset, see our  resources page.

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As I ponder our food supply, the urgency of GROWING YOUR OWN is even more apparent. We normally get most of our greens from our garden or a friend’s CSA but it felt like we haven’t had enough greens lately. Last week I was all excited to buy huge bags of baby kale and greens from a big warehouse store. Proudly I made a stir-fry with more greens than ever, accompanied by a huge salad (that was “triple washed”, baked potato and organic chicken.¬† My family loved it!¬† The next day my sister called for help with her health and as soon as I mentioned the greens she said, “I am not putting chlorine on my children’s plates!”
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I researched… was she right?¬† She was right!!¬† Large scale farming has issues!¬† They mean well but have trouble controlling quality when greens come in from different fields by the ton so they spray with a chlorine water mix.¬† This is ORGANIC produce!!!¬† As I read the story of the mom who gave her 2yr old child a shake with raw spinach and he died – I want to throw up at the tragedy.¬†¬† The company responsible put million dollar measures into place to prevent such an event.¬† They test a necessary percent of each batch


and throw away every week literally TONS of tainted greens!!¬† The odds are we won’t get a bad batch. UGH!!¬† How can we feed our family by Russian Roulette?! No, Thank you!!¬†
     The nutrients in Fruits and Veggies are CRITICAL to our health Рand proven higher in organics!  (There is no research yet, but I am convinced that the produce I make compost for and so lovingly grow at home has even MORE nutritional value than regular organic Рjust like yours does Рor will!)
¬†¬† The cleanness of your greens I am sure will be higher – if you see a bird dropping on it you will wash it off – simple when it’s not on a HUGE scale!
¬†¬† Fresheness is obviously better.¬† Organically grown and harvested without chemicals also means the beneficial bacteria on the plants is still intact – and ready to proliferate in your body or multiply in your ferment!¬† Researchers are proving that the anti-bacterial resistant “SuperBugs” are an issue today.¬† In our attempt at creating a sterile environment we are destroying good bugs with the pathogens.¬† How about returning to the simple notion of the, “Health of the Host” that Beauchamp spoke of?¬† Let’s focus on getting healthy and¬† encourage the beneficial bacteria in our world to proliferate – and stop using chlorine and other antibiotics (lit. Against Life) that destroy the biomes in and around us – and watch how our health improves!¬†¬† The easiest steps to this end are growing your own and buying local produce.¬† Do it because you LOVE your family!