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 The Herxheimer Reaction 

Is it ever good to feel bad?  In some cases, yes!  When you start a Holistic approach for an illness, your symptoms might increase at first, leaving you wondering if you’re really getting healthier at all.  This is called a Herxheimer reaction.  This is the “die-off” effect that many people experience when they dramatically improve their diet and lifestyles.  It is an allergic response to the toxic by-products produced when the body’s pH is changed for the better.  When this happens, large numbers of dangerous bacteria and yeast organisms die and leave the body. 

During this period, you won’t feel very well, but in reality, you are responding positively to detoxification. After this initial detoxification period, you should see significant improvement of your symptoms.


PROBIOTICS 

The word biotic from the Greek means life. So, an anti-biotic is anti life.  It kills both good and bad bacteria.

 PRO-BIOTIC means pro-life.  It is good bacteria.

Beneficial bacteria are a group of (primitive) microorganisms that lack a distinct nuclear membrane and have a cell wall of unique composition.  Beneficial bacteria comprise approximately 90% of digestive tract bacteria in healthy persons. Various species of beneficial bacteria as well as various species of potentially detrimental bacteria populate the colon.  The total number of species of bacteria in the colon is approximately 400.  It is estimated that bacteria account for 30% to 50% of the volume of the contents of the colon. 

Beneficial bacteria enhance the general health of the digestive system.  It strengthens the Immune system functions of the Intestines as well as alleviating some of the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Optimal levels of beneficial bacteria help to treat urinary tract infections. 

What can deplete good bacteria?

  1. Excessive quantities of detrimental bacteria within the digestive tract push the good bacteria out.
  2. Chlorine destroys beneficial bacteria.
  3. Antibiotics destroy the body’s beneficial bacteria

Although there are many other sources that destroy good bacteria, these are a few to be aware of. 

If you have been on antibiotics, you will need to make sure you take a good probiotic to rebuild what was just destroyed. 

If you have experienced sinus issues, yeast infections, food cravings or even parasites, take a probiotic.  Your digestive tract will love you for it! 

Who should be taking probiotics?

Everyone should be taking probiotics daily to maintain healthy flora within the digestive tract.


YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK 

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”

(Proverbs 23:7) 

What you do and say begins with what you think and believe.  In the pursuit of perfect health, it’s important to remember that the mind greatly influences the body and spirit.  The human mind is a complex and wonderful “machine”, sometimes referred to as the most powerful computer ever built.  Like computers, we can process, store, and share information.  And like computers, the information we put out is only as the data we put in: Garbage in, garbage out. 

In most cases, the things we say and do begin with what we think.  We can choose which information we accept and allow to become part of our way of thinking.  In fact, we create many of our own problems through negative thinking, bad decision making, and poor choices.  By choosing positive enriching ideas over negative, damaging ones, we significantly improve our mental health. 

These choices, both positive and negative, directly influence our bodies and our spirits; a fact that reinforces the role the mental process plays in our overall health.

 

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