By: Dotty, Moms In Charge.
Being in the “anti-bacterial” culture for many years as a registered nurse, purell was one of my closest companions, safely tucked in my pocketbook at all times. It was mounted on the wall outside and by the sink of each room in the ICU. Pumping this liquid “kill all” gave myself and most of the staff members a sense of security against the many microbes that lurked around you.
Hand sanitizer was always strategically placed in every diaper bag, purse, changing station and bathroom.
In my quest to break our family out of the sick cycle, I discovered the startling realization that what I had been doing was essentially taking out all of the bugs; good and bad.
What we had been left with was a weakened immune system that caused us to catch a cold if you sneezed across town.
I’ve recently read an article that gave fantastic insight into why our culture’s obsession with sanitizing has set us all up to be even more susceptible to attacks from stronger “bugs”.
Our inner flora of healthy bacteria is diminishing as we continue on our quest for cleanliness and the germ-a-phobia movement grows.
As the article gave insight into how we need a healthy dose of dirt, it also speaks to even greater health benefits of growing our OWN organic food.
Having our own organic garden gives us the control over countless factors that allows us to eat the food straight from the garden with minimal need for sanitation.
For those of us who need assistance getting our garden started, there are fabulous services like Harvest to Home http://www.harvesttohome.com/ that can help set up raised bed gardens no matter if we have a yard or not.
Thankfully, we do have great organic cleaning options for when we are not farming our own produce via Eat Cleaner (http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=213196&U=627482&M=25817&a...)
**Buy fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi and add a tablespoon to one meal.
Increase to half a cup with one to two meals.
Although I believe keeping our food supply safe and ourselves free from harmful pathogens is very important, being aware of our need for healthy bacteria is also crucial.
Combining safe food handling and hand washing with more personal organic gardening, incorporating more cultured foods in our diet without using harsh antibacterials will give our inner eco system a better chance to flourish with vibrant health.
Hopefully we will become more excited and look forward to the things that “bug us”.
By: Dotty of Moms In Charge. You can read more great artilces from Dotty at: http://momsincharge.wordpress.com/
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