In recent years, people have declared dirt and microbes to be their greatest enemies, shifting the scales too far in the opposite direction to a hundred years ago.
Too clean environment and food suffers our immune system and digestion, as we no longer come into contact with various microorganisms, among which are beneficial bacteria, viruses and fungi, although we should be exposed to them.
Good viruses in the gut, called phages, are even smaller than bacteria, but very powerful. They destroy harmful bacteria and help maintain a healthy balance of microbes. Beneficial fungi prevent excessive multiplication of harmful fungi.
To restore balance it is essential that we are exposed to beneficial microbes in different ways:
- Think of a dog or cat and play with it regularly. This way you will share beneficial microbes with your pet.
- As fast as the weather allows, walk outside barefoot for at least 5 to 10 minutes every day.
- Swim in the sea, the best source of beneficial viruses. If you don’t have the opportunity to go to sea, however, go swimming in rivers and lakes.
- Eat raw local honey, which contains beneficial microbes and pollen (unless, of course, you are allergic to bee products).
- Eat pesticide-free vegetables that you grow yourself or that are locally grown and not overly cleaned. Carrots, for example, should not be grated and should still have natural irregularities and dark spots. Wash the vegetables, but do not overdo it, as this will wash away the beneficial microorganisms that your body needs.
- Eat shiitake mushrooms or other medicinal mushrooms without discarding bets.
At the same time avoid substancesthat destroy beneficial microbes:
- Take antibiotics and other medications only when really needed.
- Eat meat and poultry from well-known producers (preferably organically grown) whose meat does not contain antibiotics.
- Do not drink tap water if it is chlorinated (it is not available in many places in Slovenia), as chlorine destroys beneficial bacteria.
- Replace products with antimicrobial ingredients – including hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes and personal care products and cleaners – with natural products that contain essential oils.