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4 things you’re frequently exposed to that damage your microbiome

Like any natural ecosystem, your own internal ecosystem is vulnerable. It can be damaged by:

  1. antibiotics1
  2. sugar2
  3. stress3
  4. environmental toxins.4

When you take antibiotics, for example, it’s like pouring bleach into that thriving Amazon River. It not only (hopefully!) kills whatever bacteria is causing the infection, but wipes out loads of other bacteria as well. And they don’t grow back again – not properly. Not without help.

What happens is this: just as in nature, the empty space left over is filled. But it’s filled with weed bacteria. Opportunist types, who muscle in and spread like crazy. Needless to say, these bacteria are not the types you want to be running the show in there.

Think of it like an ecosystem – if all the jaguars in the rain forest are killed off, the deer population will go crazy. In your system, this can looks like bacterial overgrowth, Candida, thrush – you name it. But the main point is that it’s all microbiome damage.

In your joints, this feels like arthritis5. In your tummy, it feels like IBS.6 In your nervous system, this can show up as chronic fatigue.7 In the behavioral center of your brain, it feels like anxiety and depression.8 And on your skin, it can appear as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne.9

But these are all symptomatic leaves of the same tree.

And the trunk of the tree – is in your gut.

Heal the gut, and you’ll find that these other symptoms improve as well.

It really IS that simple!


  1. University of Minnesota, Academic Health Center - "Infant antibiotic use linked to adult diseases". Published by ScienceDaily on May 13, 2015.
    link to article
  2. Oregon State University - "Fat, sugar cause bacterial changes that may relate to loss of cognitive function". Published by ScienceDaily on June 22, 2015.
    link to article
  3. American Academy of Dermatology - "Feeling Stressed? How Your Skin, Hair And Nails Can Show It". Published by ScienceDaily on November 12, 2007.
    link to article
  4. University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) - "Exposure to toxic chemicals threatening human reproduction and health". Published by ScienceDaily on October 1, 2015.
    link to article
  5. NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine - "Intestinal bacteria linked to rheumatoid arthritis". Published by ScienceDaily on November 5, 2013.
    link to article
  6. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - "Irritable bowel syndrome clearly linked to gut bacteria". Published by ScienceDaily on May 25, 2012.
    link to article
  7. Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health - "Robust evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome is a biological illness". Published by ScienceDaily on February 27, 2015.
    link to article
  8. McMaster University - "Link between intestinal bacteria, depression found". Published by ScienceDaily on July 28, 2015.
    link to article
  9. BioMed Central Limited - "Eczema in infants linked to gut bacteria". Published by ScienceDaily on January 23, 2013.
    link to article

2 thoughts on “4 things you’re frequently exposed to that damage your microbiome

  1. I suffered exactly the experience described above: after twice taking strong doses of antibiotics to clear an infection, it returned after 4 days which was frightening and depressing.
    My daughter suggested I try the kefir milk from your lovely goats and, after 11 days of taking the milk first thing every morning, the infection cleared. I finished the 21 day course and felt so different – like a new person with a fresh start! Thankyou, Shann and your lovely goats.
    I do hope the ‘Powers that be’ wake up and remove their blinkers!

    1. So glad that you’ve had a great result with the kefir – as you’ve now experienced, getting those good bugs into your system not only can halt the vicious spiral of microbiome damage – infection – antibiotics – more microbiome damge, but it can make everything else feel better as well! Hope you continue well, keep us posted! x Shann

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