How Microbes are Used to Clean Up Toxic Waste – and How to Put Them to Use for De-Toxifying YOU
If simple bacteria and fungi can clean up oil spills, radioactive waste and chemical pollutants, then what can they do for your health?
Read on to learn how bacteria are nature’s built-in clean up system.
In much the same way microorganisms are used to clean toxic environments throughout our world, the organisms in probiotic-rich foods like Culture Starter are essential to clean the toxic environment inside you.
Bacteria and the Environment
After the Exxon Valdez oil spill, 11 million gallons of crude oil threatened the ecosystem of Prince William Sound in Alaska.
To help clean up the disaster, scientists used microorganisms that converted the hazardous oil into less toxic compounds.
This natural process, called biodegradation, happens when microbes like bacteria and fungi break down complex pollutants into simpler substances to gain energy and nutrients. In effect, the bacteria “eat” the harmful pollutants.
Bacteria can even “eat up” pollutants like radioactive materials, pesticides, metals, and industrial solvents.1
It seems like beneficial microflora are one of Mother Nature’s most important ways of keeping herself clean. But what does biodegradation have to do with you and your health?
Bacteria and YOUR Ecosystem
Inside your body is a thriving inner ecosystem of microflora (good bacteria and yeast) that keep you healthy and strong. These healthy bacteria and yeast (a type of fungi) help you digest food, absorb nutrients, regulate your blood sugar and manufacture vitamins and minerals.
But if you eat too much sugar and processed foods, take drugs, live a high stress lifestyle or don’t get enough sleep, you create an environment inside your body that encourages the growth of pathogenic (bad) bacteria and fungi like Candida albicans.
As a result, your inner ecosystem could be out of balance, and you might need a clean up.
Signs of an unbalanced inner ecosystem include:
- Digestive distress like gas, bloating, and indigestion
- Weight gain
- Trouble falling asleep
- Skin disorders
- Chronic illness and disease
If you suspect that your inner ecosystem needs a clean up, then microbes like the ones that “eat” toxic substances can cleanse your system and bring your body back into balance.
The Body Ecology System for Healing
The Body Ecology program focuses on establishing a vibrant inner ecosystem full of beneficial bacteria and yeast (microflora) to detoxify your body, boost your immunity and improve your health.
Fermented foods and drinks form the basis of the Body Ecology system.
Fermented foods and drinks were part of most ancient cultures and are just now beginning to enjoy newfound popularity as more and more people try to improve their health and wellbeing.
These beverages and foods contain live, active beneficial bacteria and yeast (called probiotics) that populate your gut with the microflora you need to cleanse your system and keep you healthy.
Probiotics have many different benefits, including:
- Regulating blood sugar
- Digesting food
- Manufacturing vitamins
- Slowing the signs of aging
- Healing skin conditions like acne
- Detoxifying your liver
- Neutralizing potentially cancer-causing substances
- Cleanse heavy metals from your system
To learn more about the value of probiotics read Want to Look Younger & Better? 8 Reasons Why Probiotics Are an Essential Tool.
Fermented foods and drinks are essential to maintaining your inner ecosystem and can clean up your body the same way bacteria and fungi clean up the environment.
The Good Life: A Balanced Inner Ecosystem
Now that you know how important good bacteria and yeast are for maintaining health, you can make simple changes to incorporate them into your lifestyle. Fortunately, fermented foods and drinks are delicious and convenient! Body Ecology offers plenty of ways to get your daily dose of probiotics.
Try these tasty ways to populate your inner ecosystem with good bacteria:
This highly absorbable probiotic superfood is your best bet for reaping the amazing benefits of spirulina and our other powerful ingredients. Without the fermentation, you risk not being able to absorb these amazing foods.
Make your own Young Coconut Kefir at home with the juice of young coconuts and Body Ecology’s Kefir Starter. Follow our step-by-step instructions to make a delicious drink that curbs your appetite and your cravings for sugar and alcohol, gives you energy, helps clean your liver and keeps you looking young!
- If you’re short on time, you can purchase Body Ecology’s delicious, convenient Cocobiotic, and Dong Quai, ready made fermented drinks for those on the go.
- Raw, cultured vegetables are a delicious addition to any meal or snack and keep you feeling satisfied as they provide you with beneficial bacteria. You can make your own cultured vegetables at home with a variety of vegetables and Culture Starter.
Body Ecology offers all kinds of options to help you get probiotics into your system. If you’re confused about our variety of starters and probiotic liquids, read our in-depth articles: Which Fermented Food Starter Should You Use For What? or Which Probiotic Liquid Should You Choose? Is there a “Best” One for You?
Keep in mind that clean up takes time, in the environment and in your body. The good news is, you can do it with Nature’s own healers: microflora.
Taking steps to introduce beneficial bacteria into your ecosystem will start you on the path to wellness, Body Ecology style.
- Senn, Ali, “Bioremediation of Oil Spills,” 4 Aug 1999. http://www.bact.wisc.edu/Microtextbook/index.php?name=Sections&req=viewarticle&artid=160&page=
- Oil and the Environment, http://www.teachingtools.com/CrudeEnergy/OilEnvironment.htm
- Perlman, David, “Mining bacteria’s appetite for toxic waste,” San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Jul 2003.
- Primer on Microbial Genomics, Genomics.Energy.gov. http://microbialgenomics.energy.gov/primer/featured_bugs.shtml