How A Plant Based Diet Naturally Supports Your Microbiome

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Taking care of our microbiome is the new health issue everyone seems to be talking about, and thank goodness for that! Our bodies are much more than a system of organs and blood vessels; we carry more bacteria cells in our body than anything else. It’s crucial that these cells are largely made of good bacteria versus bad bacteria to support our immunity, gut health, and overall state of well-being. Our immune and nervous systems are largely affected by howhealthy our guts are, which is determined by how much good bacteria we have in our bodies. This means our mood is affected by our microbiome, not to mention how prone we are to everything from the common cold to being more susceptible to serious forms of disease due to weakened immunity or poor digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

Everything we do either supports our good bacteria cells or causes unhealthy bacteria cells to rise.

The Essence of Our Microbiome

One of the most important factors to caring for our bodies is to eat a diet that supports our good bacteria and doesn’t feed bad bacteria. What is bad bacteria, you ask? It’s a mix between harmful yeasts, fungi, viruses, parasites and other things that rob our health. These can contribute to everything from food allergies, sugar addictions (since yeast and parasites feed off sugar), weight gain, digestive problems, mood disorders, and even serious illnesses. These unhealthy bacteria levels get out of hand and grow when we eat foods withantibiotics that destroy our good bacteria cells, processed foods, eat old or molded foods, eat carcinogenic foods, come in contact with parasites that are often found in foreign countries or contaminated drinking water, eat certain types of fish coated with pesticides, consume factory farmed meat, when we swim or bathe in polluted waters, or even when we come in contact with infested pets.

Living in unhealthy conditions can also contribute to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. Common causes include mold exposure or overexposure to chemical toxins that cause our good bacteria cells to die and unhealthy bacteria to take over. Bad bacteria can also take over our guts when we’re exposed to pharmaceutical drugs that weaken our immune systems or alter our bodies’ natural hormones, such as chemical-based birth control pills, regular prescription drugs, or a regular diet of processed foods. Our gut health can also suffer when we’re consistently stressed, which weakens immunity allowing good bacteria to take over more easily. The digestive health concern known as leaky gut syndrome can also cause bad bacteria to fester since it allows harmful invaders into the bloodstream.

As you can see, we’re a living bacteria war, if you will. This concept, our bacterial makeup, is referred to as our microbiome.

Don’t go panicking just yet though; there are some easy things you can do to support your microbiome to prevent illness, disease, and simple, yet pesky health issues. One of the most beneficial things you do to support your microbiome is eat more natural plant-based foods.Fruits and vegetables, along with leafy greens, nuts and seeds all greatly support one’s microbiome. Depending on your state of digestive health and past health issues, beans, legumes, and some whole grains may also help, though those with especially damaged digestive systems may need to watch consumption for awhile.

Here’s why plant-based foods do the body good on all counts:

1. Fiber

One reason fiber is so good for us isn’t just because it keeps our digestive systems on tract; it’s because of the way fiber actually reacts with bacteria in the colon. Fiber feeds good bacteria cells, which is one reason it can cause a bit of gurgling when you increase your fiber intake abruptly. Though it might be uncomfortable if you eat a lot of fiber at one time, it’s actually because your good bacteria levels are being fed. Fiber also allows your body to work as it’s supposed to and remove excess wastes (bad bacteria) via the colon to excrete it the way nature intended. Fiber from fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens are all some of the easiest to digest and healthiest for you. Other good sources are grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Fiber is also one of the keys to staying healthy for life, which makes plant-based eating a no-brainer on all counts for your health. Many foods such as sauerkraut, miso, raw cacao and 100 percent dark chocolate or cacao powder, kimchi, and coconut water kefir actually contain natural probiotics (good bacteria cells) all own their own due to the fermentation required to make these foods.

2. You Are What You Eat

If our bodies are made of mostly bacteria (over 100 trillion cells to be exact), then what we eat is directly what we become one way or another. Meat and other animal-based foods affect our bacteria cells just like plant-based foods do, except many animal-based options trigger bad bacteria to grow versus good bacteria. Researchers have found that due to the high amounts of unhealthy fats in animal-based foods, forms of unhealthy bacteria that resist the digestion of bile (needed to breakdown fat) fostered and grew, which also triggered obesity and several forms of disease as a result. On the other hand, those that ate a plant-based diet showed no increase in bad bacteria levels, while levels of good bacteria actually increased, though the specific strains that grew were fairly low overall.

What this means is that a plant-based diet has all the right components that support the digestion of fats, protein, and carbohydrates in our bodies to care for our good bacteria cells, though it should be noted that each person’s own health history and current health needs also all affect how bacteria will respond to one’s diet. Aside from animals, it’s also important to consider processed foods, which are made of chemicals, artificial sweeteners linked to lowering good bacteria that can lead to weight gain, and other food “products” our bodies don’t recognize as usable fuel. Many processed foods also contain added sugars that feed bad bacteria, unlike the natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables that our bodies can use to feed good bacteria.

3. Meat is Full of Bacteria

Meat is naturally full of unhealthy bacteria, because it’s the remains of a former living animal. Research has also found that  even lean meat causes a change in our microbiome that leads to clogging of the arteries and heart disease. Meat and other animal-based foods are also sources of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and other toxins that weaken our bodies and thus dampen the good bacteria cells found in our bodies.

4. Reduces Inflammation

Researchers have also found that one reason a plant-based diet supports our microbiome better is because of the way it can reduce inflammation in the colon, which animal foods only proliferate. For individuals with sensitive digestive systems and leaky gut syndrome, grains, beans and legumes may need to be avoided for a short time to reduce inflammation until a great level of healing is achieved. Plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, raw nuts and seeds, and fats like coconut, olives and avocados can all help promote a more alkaline body and reduce inflammation.

5. Improves Immunity

One of the greatest benefits of a plant-based diet is the way it supports our immune systems,largely found in our gut. Plant-based foods are full of vitamin C that powers and strengthens the immune system, along with vitamin A, also needed for optimal immunity and wellness. Even just adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to any existing diet is one of the best ways to improve immunity, though it’s also important to eliminate the sources of antibiotics in your diet that kill good bacteria cells needed for a healthy immune system too. These antibiotics can can come from medications, anti-bacterial soaps, and any animal-foods that are made from animals given antibiotics, which usually boils down to conventionally-raised (not organic) animal-based food products. Exercising, not smoking, and managing stress are also importantfor your immune system. Along with a healthy lifestyle, a plant-based diet will support your body to help you manage stress since it contains vitamins, minerals, and fiber that benefit your blood pressure, blood sugar, and hormones that all affect how your body responds to stress.

While there is still a great deal to learn about the concept of eating to improve our microbiome, it’s pretty obvious that a plant-based diet has many things going for it in terms of improving our good bacteria levels. The key takeaway? Eat more plants and unprocessed foods in place of animal-based and processed food options whenever you can, and better yet, choose organic so you’re not putting large amounts of pesticides, chemicals, and other unnatural ingredients in your body that don’t support your microbiome. When you make these simple changes, everyone wins — the planet, animals, and you, along with the trillions of bacteria cells you coexist with daily.

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    Q: Do I need to take a "Probiotic Supplement" with the FULL BODY DETOX? For the bacteria that needs to stay inside your colon, because we lose good and bad bacteria from the colon from detoxing the whole body. Do good bacteria need to stay in our colon and bodies especially for women's vagina to keep it clean.

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    Taking the supplement in addition to the cleanse is not necessary at all. The cleanse does not eliminate all of the good bacteria, if anything it plays a role in balancing it out. Probiotic supplements are not always the best choice.

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    Q: I have been diagnosed with Prostatitis. I have been talking anti-biotics to treat the bacteria. Other than the symptoms of pelvic pain and clear bacteria presence, I have been having issues with erection and libido. I was put on a antibiotics for 3 months. My question is after I am done with the antibiotics I would like to use herbs for continual treatment. I think it would be a good idea to detox after my treatment but what would you recommend for the sex drive and erection issue? In one of your articles you said " Would you believe that most cases of penile erectile dysfunction are due to Clogged Arteries, and Poor Blood CIRCULATION?" I am in agreement with that statement. How does this factor in with my case of prostatitis since I am having some erection, sex drive issues?

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    Antibiotics for prostatitis? Not helping the problem! I urge you to read our "Male Prostate" article in our articles section. Don't even worry about the sex drive. Your body is talking to you about a disease and you're concerned with erection. Refrain from sex, and concentrate on healing. Get your mind right! Focus on optimal health and well-being. Please check out our Mental Science Manual (visit e-books section). Think about performing the Full Body Detox followed by the Total Male Cleanse, at least for starters in correcting this problem.

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    Q: My mother has problems with stomach ulcers and bacteria in her stomach. She has tried the series of medication subscribed by the doctor and the bacteria has returned. Is there a natural remedy for bacteria in the stomach?

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    Try our10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. Have her try it!

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    Q: I read your article; I am so stressed out trying to find a cure for this. I have tried everything possible pills, creams. I don't douche. I need help I had this problem for a year. It goes away for 2 days then it comes back. I don't have an odor it’s just a discharge. I just want the discharge to go away. I feel as though all the medicine I took messed up my balance and that’s probably why the bv hasn't gone away. I need something that is going to help but be safe for me. I know the antibiotics kill my good bacteria. I just need help badly. I don't know what else to do. I am just so lost on everything. I understand what it is and how to works. All I want is for it to go away. I am thinking I just need my balance to go back up or replenish my good bacteria, I am just not sure what to do anymore, also I am trying to change how I eat, is there certain foods I need to eat or drink? Or certain soap or laundry detergent? I just need help ASAP!!!!!!

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    Please read our article â€VAGINAL ODORS AND DISCHARGE†on our site. It is very detailed. Your discharge says so much! It's conveying a message to you. The situation is mostly diet-related. Stop eating meat, dairy, refined grains and starches. Go raw foods (50%) and vegan (50%) immediately. Drink a lot of fruit and vegetable juices. Get colonics and perform enemas (weekly enemas). Give our TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE a try! Read some of our â€ARTICLESâ€! Keep your head up! Don't give up! Most people give up when they are just 3 feet from the gold. The answers you desire always come at the point when you are ready to give up. This is why you found Dherbs.Com! We are NOT the answer, but we can help point you to it! There is healing for you, Beloved! Stop thinking about the discharge and start thinking about life without the discharge. Constant thoughts create your reality!

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    Q: For roughly 10 years the doctor have said that I have Bacteria Infections. I have asked repeatedly, how does this cured once and for all. There seems to be no cure. This is an embarrassment to me not only publicly but privately as well because I am constantly feeling self-conscientious about it. I have asked if it's an STD or STI and the answer is always no, my body is producing too much of this bacteria after my husband ejaculates in me. What is a cure or a method or prevention I can use that is all natural? I need something that will last a lifetime verses dose to dose.

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    Please read the article "BACTERIOR VAGINOSIS" and "WHY WOMEN ARE SO SICK" Product-wise: I recommend the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE followed by the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. Doctors are ignorant to true causes of diseases. They are of no value!

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    Q: I see a lot of your tea formulas if not all of them are also offered in pill form. Which is recommended the tea or the pill? Also I am pretty sure I have a bacterial infection of some sort. I have been to 2 different doctors neither one of them actually ran any test to find out what the infection was. They really didn’t even listen to me at all when I went there. Actually I told them flat out what tests I wanted done and they still didn’t do them. Now I remember why I hate traditional doctors. One doctor took an x-ray and told me I have a whole lot of bacteria in my ingestions what an x-ray shows there I don’t know because even if it appears cloudy bacteria is SUPPOSE to be there anyway. I already knew I had a problem bacteria there as I am having mucus in my stools. He just gave me an antibotic and that was it. either way his 3 day antibiotic didn’t work and I felt ripped off paying a copay for 3 pills. So I have a question about a recommendation here. I know for sure the bacteria is affecting my intestines as the mucus in my stool. I don’t know where else it has worked into but I am thinking it’s starting to effect my eyes some as well as I have noticed they appear much more watery than normal and looks like they get a discharge from them and they are much more red than normal. Regardless to what the doctor says I don’t have allergies. I know my body much better than he does I have never had allergy problems in the past so I don’t think its caused from that. so what products should I be looking at? and are the teas or pills recommended?

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    Capsules are more potent than teas but teas get into the body faster. So you can choose what you're looking for. Both capsules and teas work however! For bacterial infection: First perform the FULL BODY DETOX and follow that up with the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. Change your diet: raw foods (75%) and vegan (25%). Drink plenty of vegetable juice. Drink Dherbs MUCUS BUSTER TEA daily (1-2 cups) p.s. - Don't hate traditional doctors! It's negative energy. Read my article â€LEAVE MEDICAL DOCTORS ALONEâ€.

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    Please read our article entitled â€BACTERIOR VAGINOSIS†".

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    You should perform the Full Body Detox (for 3 weeks), change your diet, change your thoughts (positive thinking), change your lifestyle, and environment (if possible). This condition can be healed if you believe it can.

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    Q: Is there such thing as, cleansing too much? From May - July I did a 40 day cleanse. The cleanse was pretty much ridding my diet of refined sugar, flour, alcohol, and animal product for much of the time. I just recently finished the Total Body Cleanse, and will be finishing my series of cleanses with the Total Woman's Cleanse. I personally feel fine, but people keep warning me about over cleansing. Also, bringing up the issue of your body being stripped of the good bacteria (along with the bad). But, I"ve taken probiotic pills (1-2) virtually everyday througout all of my cleanses. Should I be concerned with overcleansing? After this initial year of hard core cleansing, I plan to cleanse maybe once or twice a year. What are you thoughts on probiotics? Like I mentioned, I am taking pills. But I'd like to find foods that provide all that I need so I don't have to take pills.

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    Many people are concerned about what happens to the beneficial intestinal flora after colonics are performed. Personally, I think many people put too much energy into worrying about something so inconsequential. If you're really worried about the beneficial intestinal flora after your colonic, you could always take a few capsules of acidophilus (acidophilus bifidus) or a liquid form of acidophilus (dairy-free, of course). I have never taken an acidophilus product after a colonic. I know Nature and my body too well. I know that my body naturally produces everything sold by man in a bottle, and that is purchased from a health food store, including beneficial flora or bacteria. I simply drink a minimum of 4 ounces of vegetable juice after my colonic sessions. If you're into carrot juice, carrot juice is just as effective as acidophilus in restoring good bacteria in the intestines. Juiced cantaloupe is even better than carrot juice in restoring the beneficial flora. Other natural substances that will help the body to repopulate beneficial flora or good bacteria in the intestines include: Blue Green algae, Spirulina, Chlorella, Irish Moss, Kelp, Bladderwrack, Dulse, Ginger, Cloves, Cayenne, Black Walnut Hull, and Carrot powder. Stop listening to these naysayers and keep doing YOU! You're on the right path!

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    Q: My 19 months old daughter has clostridium difficile bacteria. I had done some research but it is still very unclear, what needs to be done. I do not want to take her back to the M.D. I was very disappointed in the whole system. Hope you can help me to find a better way.

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    Try the Children's Detox and put the liquid extracts in the child's milk (or water). This cleanse contains all herbal extracts for children that nourishes all of the organs in the body to support optimal health.

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    Q: In addition, bacteria under my armpits are indestructible. I've tried ever thing to get rid of it.....bleach, alcohol, tea tree oil, peroxide, etc.. Do you happen to know of anything to rid me of this monster, because I believe this is the biggest culprit?

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    Have you detoxed your body yet? Try the FULL BODY DETOX and perform the "SEA SALT SOAK" (see our article by the same title in our articles section).

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    Please consider FIRST performing our Full Body Detox (FBD) for 3-weeks, and SECONDLY, performing our Fibroid Buster kit and regimen for another 3-weeks. These kits will greatly help you guys in your health challenges. Please make sure to read our free articles on our site under "ARTICLES." We have a few (articles) that deal with female reproductive health issues.

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    Q: What do you recommend for a very bad case of systemic yeast with many symptoms; cold hands and feet, constipation, mental confusion, bad food digestion, etc? And what about replacing the good bacteria? I have tried many things and nothing has worked. I think this Candida yeast came from being on birth control for a short period of time and then Anti-Biotics for a short time as well, probably stress too.

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    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX for 3-weeks. After the FULL BODY DETOX, take 6 capsules daily of Candida Buster formula, and 3 capsules daily of Colon Conditioner. Try our natural PRO-BIOTIC/ACIDOPHILUS formula to replace the beneficial bacteria.

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    Q: In regards to Group B Strep. Is there a high risk for the fetus to contract this bacteria during labor? Are there any herbs that could help alleviate this bacteria?

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    Have her take liquid extract of Echinacea & Goldenseal, and Electric Greens Combo (6 capsules).

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    Q: I had plastic Surgery a breast implant on JUNE 23 AND BY JULY 30 -They have to be removed proteases because I got and infection /bacteria called Mica -Fortuitism and the doctor gave me antibiotics name Levoflxacina 500 mg -1 per day, I have been taking them for the last 5 weeks. I was going to start the FULL BODY DETOX, the day that I have to go back for emergency to get my proteases out from both breast. Only one breast got the bacteria but I removed both. I really do not want to keep taking the antibiotic because I get tired and sleeping with. What do you advise me to do?

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    Try our FULL BODY DETOX!

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    Q: Hi, I have been suffering from a dull pain the testicular area for over 2 years now. I have seen 2 urologists that have confirmed that I have enterococcus bacteria in either the prostate of genital area based on semen culture. I have also done testicle ultrasound and CAT scan of the area with good results. One of the urologist said that I have an inflamed prostate (prostitis) there was some varicose veins when ultra sound was done but the urologist continues to give me long term antibiotics. Some my symptoms have been dull pain in the testicular area when I need to have a bowel movement. low energy, moody, memory loss, irritable, confused, brain fog etc. I use to have a health sex drive but now my sex drive is really low. A bit of erectile dysfunction but I think that comes more from having the pain all the time and anxiety. I don't know if this is possible but my penis seems to have reduced in size when erect. The doctor ask me to try some cialis for the ED which I did for a short while but decided I needed something natural because of the long term problems of using those medications. I have had long periods of stress from a bitter business relationship about 2 years ago. My concern is that every time I go to the urologist all they want to do it give me antibiotics and that doesn't seem to be working. I am concern of the other organ damage caused by taking long term antibiotics. Is there an alternative you recommend? I have been looking at your Anti- virus treatment. I am 30 years old.

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    I would suggest you perform the FULL BODY DETOXfollowed by the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE. Read some of our free health articles too on male reproductive health. Healing begins with knowledge!

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    Q: I have been diagnosed with H Pylori bacteria since 2005, and cannot get rid of it. What is your recommendation?

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    Here's what you do, first perform the Full Body Detox, next cleanse with the 10-Day Electric Green Cell Food Cleanse, and after this kit, perform the 10-Day Supreme Colon Cleanse.

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    Q: What herbs do you take for bad bacteria that cause nodes in the groin and arm pit area?

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    ECHINACEA ROOT, BURDOCK ROOT, PAU D' ARCO, GOLDENSEAL ROOT, MANJISTHA, DANDELION ROOT

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    Q: I have Bacterial vaginosis (bv) and I only have a discharge and I am about to be on my cycle I know that tampons and pads are not good cause of the chemicals it can leave. Is there any pads or tampons that are natural or don't have chemicals that can harm any bacteria for my vagina?

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    We list alternative brand pads in Dherbs ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL. Brands off hand include Natra-Care (which I highly endorse) and Seventh Generation.

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    Q: I am very sensitive. I feel like there are invisible things entering my body. I feel things going into my feet, my crown, my female parts the openings of my body. I keep having serious lung problems. I saw something dark jump into my chest. I feel it moving thru my body, like a snake. I have been checked for parasites but nothing was found. I had all types of x-rays and blood tests done, but nothing found. I am of sound mind and strong in my faith. I sometimes see brown or white oil spots on my car and on the ground where I walk. By the time I past this I begin to have these sensations. I believe this is a bacteria by nature or man that is causing this problem. I went for acupuncture for the problem the Chinese man said something was in my body. Have you heard of this problem before? Do you think you can help me? Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    A:

    Spiritual healing and cleansing are my areas of expertise! Please consider a consultation ($100, 1-hour). There is much you can do to heal from these attached entities that have entered your body via your chakras. Your feet have chakras, your vagina has a chakra, and your crown has a chakra. No coincidence you feel things going on in these chakra centers. I can help you! There's nothing to worry about. Every problem has a solution or answer. Please call 866-434-3727 or 323-817-9929 to schedule.