“The phrase, “You are what you eat.” takes on new meaning after reading the Economist article below, “The human microbiome: Me, Myself, Us, “Looking at human beings as ecosystems that contain many collaborating and competing species could change the practice of medicine” August 18, 2012.
Who we are is not us alone, but the trillions of bacteria covering our skin and filling our guts, both good and bad. The food we eat, feeds our bacteria. We literally eat for trillions! And its an ongoing internal struggle for control, good -vs-bad.
What determines who will win? Well, food…
Good bacteria needs good food to survive. They thrive on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, grass-fed meat. If they thrive in us, as they should, we have clear thinking, energy, restful sleep.
Bad bacteria prefer bad food, i.e. anything from a box, a bag, or a tube. If they rule our system, we feel foggy- brained, irritable, anxious, and most likely have bad teeth, poor sleep, auto-immune issues, weight concerns, etc.
Which bacteria rules our systems? We decide, one mouthful at a time…
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