Small Ingredients That Cause Big Problems – Preservatives And Gut Health
Bacteria can make you sick, preservatives too – learn more about the connections between durable products, preservatives and gut health, your body and what to look for.
They offer us food everywhere: curry sausages, chicken wings, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, pizzas, and sandwiches/subs. You can find food supply around nearly any bus station, at the airport, on the beach, at the festival, at the Sports event and in the movie theater.
How do you keep food fresh during transport and during storage in cans, glasses or plastic bags? What methods does the industry use to stop the spoiling of cosmetics, wall paints or clothing? Can you recognize these substances, and in what ways do they get into our body and what damage can they do?
How to avoid harmful preservatives?
Man has been trying for ages to preserve the products of everyday use, such as cosmetics or food, for as long as possible. Conservation comes from the Latin and is concerned with delaying environmental and natural aging.
Through photolysis, chemolysis, oxidation and hydrolysis, products can change their suitability for use, color or taste and, thus, they would no longer be able to sell such goods.
The industry wants to suppress the influence of microorganisms such as algae, lichens, putrid bacteria, mold and yeast fungi as effectively and sustainably as possible.
Companies increasingly preserve our food. They ferment, cure, sweeten, smoke, acidify, sulfurize, cook, cool or dry it. Therefore, our edibles are usually chemically preserved and irradiated.
Effective use of chemicals not only harms the product-destroying microorganisms but also the more harmless ones, as desired. this happens because the preservative cannot distinguish between “good” and “bad” bacteria.
What side effects do we have to fear?
Short-Term and effective destruction of harmful bacteria by disinfection may still be useful and relatively harmless on a case-by-case basis. However, it is dangerous for us humans to sustainably control the microorganisms by antibiotic chemicals in food or commodities.
Whether they are individual, toxic, immune-resistant, hormonally effective, mutagenic or even carcinogenic, it is difficult to prove. Authorities and industry do not see any danger to consumers when using permitted preservation chemicals.
Nevertheless, if one adds the various preservative antibiotics that most people consume daily, or if one considers the danger of combination effects between all the different substances, one should precautionarily avoid such products.
We should draw special attention to some substances as they are effective in products but also on and in our body.
These are, for example, the parabens and benzoates in cosmetics, antimony trioxide, benzoic acids (E 210-213) in foods and isothiazolinones from cleaners and wall paints or varnishes that accumulate in house dust or indoor air.
In clothing and furnishings, we find pyrethroids, triclosan, fluoropolymers, glyoxal and tin compounds. Isothiazolinone has in addition to the desired antimicrobial a high water endangering effect. They can cause sensitization of the skin and mucous membranes in humans.
This can occur through air contact, and they cause allergies. For this reason, they can no longer be used in cosmetics, however, therefore, they include them even more so in household chemicals and water-based construction products.
Why should one beware of such small amounts of abiotic chemicals?
A healthy person may be able to deal with such chemicals without much damage. But what happens to our own sophisticated microflora, which is likely to be damaged in most people as a result of antibiotic pharmaceuticals anyway?
More and more physicians and hygienists fear in this regard a microbial “mass destruction” with far-reaching consequences. Thus, preservatives and gut health is a serious topic, and shouldn’t be disregarded.
In addition, it is believed that we cannot win the fight against the bacteria since the healthy man has about 10 times more bacteria than body cells. Therefore, we should rather act only with and not against our lodgers.
Bacteria in our entire environment are learning more and more about how to protect themselves from or avoid “antibiotics”. Resistant germs get the upper hand more often.
This is, as we all know, not only dangerous to health but life-threatening. When such survivors rapidly multiply in our bodies, our immune system will have a hard time coping with them.
Above all, these dangerous germs replace their natural counterparts, which we urgently need for an intact metabolism and a microbial balance.
Fungi, viruses, bacteria and parasites keep each other in check and when a group of one attacks our organs, our immune system must intervene intensively. That is if it can defend itself, and is not otherwise occupied, as in the case a chronic illness can develop.
The human hosts a total of about 100 trillion bacteria and such a large variety of species is vital for our survival.
The advertising, the science and our schools, unfortunately, convey undifferentiated that mainly germs are causally responsible for diseases. Usually, the actual causal chain for massive germ multiplication remains unconsidered.
We must learn about the essential connection between gut health and longevity
We only rarely recognize the importance of a weakened immune system caused by an unstable microflora. Bacteria are better than their reputation. You have to regulate their number, but you must not try to eliminate them altogether. Humans need a bacterial balance, especially in the gastrointestinal tract, to stay healthy.
Trillions of bacteria live alone in the gut. These microorganisms help us to digest and utilize the food. They help us break down minerals and vitamins from our diet. They, furthermore, keep the mucosal barriers intact and stimulate our immune system.
A veritable army of several thousand bacterial strains is available for this work. They make up about 3.3 to 4.4 pounds.
However, these microorganisms also have important functions in other body regions, such as in the ENT (ear, nose, throat) area, on the skin, in the lungs or in the urinary tract. How important a balanced intestinal flora is, you notice when it is weakened and falls into an imbalance.
Damaging bacteria thrives on unhealthy foods
Then disease-causing germs can multiply in mass and damage the stomach and intestinal mucosa, thus, bacteria can enter the blood and organ system.
The intestine, for example, provides the microorganisms with plenty of food. In turn, humans benefit from the metabolic products of their little roommates.
They provide, for instance, the important vitamin B12 or vitamin K. And they provide an acidic environment that does little to treat pathogens.
Many micro-organisms exist environmental anyway, without causing any harm or doing any good to our skin or in the intestine.
This is true even for potentially dangerous candidates such as pneumococci in the respiratory tract or bacteria in the bladder. These are also present in a healthy body.
They only have a negative effect if they multiply massively, because the immune system is no longer able to cope or because natural opponents are missing. One can, for example, develop pneumonia in the case of pneumococci.
We experience the same behavior pattern with the mucous membranes in the body as with the skin bacteria. On the thin layer of fat on our skin live healthy bacteria, abundantly and in peaceful coexistence.
On dry skin areas, about 1000 of these microorganisms per 0.15 square inches. In greasy areas, such as on the forehead, it can also be millions per square inch of skin without harming us.
Through healthy eating, you consciously ensure the survival of your good bacteria
Researchers at the University of New York discovered about 180 different types of bacteria in the arms of healthy people alone. They also found out that each person is home to a very individual “bacterial zoo”. This depends on nutrition, gender, hygiene and climate.
These “good” bacteria work, so to speak, as a garbage disposal for dander and tallow leftovers, which could provide a breeding ground for “bad” and health-threatening bacteria such as pus pathogens.
Therefore, one should not excessively cleanse the skin or even disinfect, as this removes all good bacteria. Excessive hygiene can even promote the spread of pathogens.
Not only do bacteria live on the skin, but many of these microorganisms also exist in the respiratory tract, including the mouth and nose.
Alone in the oral cavity, at least 1,000 different bacterial species cavort. The number of germs on an untreated tooth is unimaginable; about one billion bacteria are estimated in the mouth area. On a brushed tooth are still some 1,000 bacteria.
In the healthy body, apart from the digestive tract, all internal organs and also the blood should be bacteria-free. Especially in the blood, these microorganisms are dangerous. Thus, here begins, first and foremost, the highest care for our immune system.
As for the harmfulness of individual microorganisms, the researchers are just about to say “goodbye” to the idea that only one bacterial species makes us sick. Today one speaks more of polymicrobial diseases, which are caused by the interaction of several microbes.
We cannot fight germs – we need to balance them well!
Bacteria are everywhere, so they can infect all susceptible products. The industry will do everything they can to reduce them by using chemicals. So you will encounter preservatives more and more often.
For your everyday actions, we cannot win a fight against the germs, as they tried with preservatives or antibiotics. Therefore, you should avoid preservatives while consuming. Purchase your products with care and research all ingredients; also, eat mindfully.
In a professional environment, we should only use preservatives purposefully and wisely. Freshly prepared foods usually do not need such preservation and we should rather scrutinize packaged foods.
You should wear natural and non-finished fabrics directly on the body. On the skin natural cosmetics without preservatives are advisable.
The same applies to the sleeping area and the apartment of furniture and interior design. Try to avoid preservatives in paints, varnishes, cleaners and detergents, as well as the other known pollutants.
Housing investigations have enabled our measurement technicians to prove that the volatile pollutants and preservatives accumulate in house dust and indoor air. Environmental physicians also noted that there is evidence of a strong increase in sensitivity to preservatives in the population.
Dear, co-creators. I know that many people hesitate to talk about gut health, colon health, etc. However, I hope you have realized right now how important this topic is to your health? Preservatives and gut health are only a small part regarding this subject, as there are so many other factors involved as well.
I have written several other articles dealing with this essential theme, so please, take your time to read them. Your health truly begins within your intestines. So, try to keep them relaxed, “garbage-free”, well-nourished and cleansed.
Detoxing, nourishing and boosting your intestinal flora keeps chronic disease away, balances your pH level, speeds up your metabolism and beautifies from the inside out. At home, we do this with a green smoothie. I wrote an article about it, including one of our favorite recipes. Please, feel free to try it out I’m sure you’ll enjoy it and will feel the benefits quite soon.
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