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