Most people are afraid of germs. Microbes of any kind are to be killed by any means possible. Antibiotics are taken at the first sign of illness. Antibiotics are feed to livestock and chickens because they are raised in close quarters and spread illnesses quickly and used to fatten them up..
We sanitize our homes, our cloths, our foods and our children. Children don’t go out and play and get in the dirt like we use to. They don’t have pets like we use to. They don’t help in the vegetable gardens like they use to. Children don’t do a lot of things they use to do and most of those things got them up close and personal to all types of microbes. Exposure to microbes in childhood can prevent the development of allergies.
Even babies born by c-section and not breast feed are missing out on colonies of beneficial microbes all babies use to get.
Microbes for our health
Yes there are thousands even millions of different health providing colonies of microbes that are good for us and help to make and keep us healthy.
Jonathan Eisen: Meet your microbes Talks | TED Partner Series
Jonathan’s talk is a great look at the good side of microbes and what they do for us.
We actually have ten times as many microbe cells on us as we have human cells. Now if that doesn’t make you think of them differently, I don’t know what will. Food digestion is by microbes in our digestive system and if you eat fermented foods it is microbes that have done the fermenting.
We actually know about and use microbes for a lot of jobs around the house we just don’t pay attention to the fact that it is microbes doing the work. Febreze fabric refresher, laundry cleaners that “eat” the stains, enzymatic drain cleaner and septic tanks. Microbes are used to digest oil spills.
I have of recent become a reader and then a doer, preparing foods in the old traditions. It is fascinating and enlightening to study and read about how people use to eat and preserve their food. Before refrigeration and even canning, they preserved and prepared their food in ways that made food more nutritious and easier to digest. Before the middle 1600’s (that is when the modern instant yeast was first used) all grains were ground into flour and then mixed with a fermented milk product and set aside to ferment for days before the bread was then baked. This fermenting of the flour is what made the grain more nutritious by making the vitamins and minerals easier to use and getting rid of the anti-nutrients and phytic acid in the grains.
The saying use to be – “we are what we eat” – but now the researchers know it should really be – “we are what we can assimilate”.
Create the Life You Want to Live,
Juanita ~ Evolving Naturally