Monday, February 01, 2010
According to Scientific American
, your body contains ten times more bacterial cells than human ones. “You are more bacteria than you are you.” And the majority of these bugs are doing you a favor, from producing chemicals that help you harness energy to keeping your immune system strong. Yeah, that’s right, even helping your immune system? (If you remember the mitochondria, you’ll be intrigued to know that that is a bacteria we incorporated.)
Now scientists have discovered that around 40 of our genes are even bacterial in origin. Your life and identity is very closely related to the microbial world.
So should you really be worrying about getting sick from “germs”? Not really. While common sense warrants avoiding obvious contaminants and excessive amounts of non-friendly bacteria, Americans have a particular paranoia about microbes that has no scientific basis.
Want to stay healthy? Build health from within.
- Get adjusted. Maintain optimum function and communication of your nerve system with all parts of your body.
- Sunshine. Vitamin D creates the production of antimicrobial peptides.
- Decrease sugar. It hampers your immune system and is great nourishment for all things “bad” in our body. Read labels and decrease grains.
- Exercise. Movement is life in so many ways.
- Sleep. Most are “undernourished” in this area.
- And when it comes to cleaning and washing hands, simple soap or alcohol based disinfectants are the best. “Anti-bacterial” anything is part of the problem with getting “super-bugs”.