Bacterial Resistance at Home

FridayBacteriaCI.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE today is shocking research about how quickly bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics and the devastating this effect can have on your family and your health.

IN MAKING CHANGES today are 6 strategies you can use that will reduce the potential you grow bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and how to keep yourself healthy.

IN FACT OR FICTION you’ll learn about the only mammal that can fly without being in an airplane.

In The News

Antibiotic resistance is on the rise. You may have heard news reports or been advised by your physician to limit the use of antibiotics to reduce the growth of resistant bacteria. The fear is that at some point we will no longer have antibiotics that can kill the bacteria that cause illness and disease.

Unfortunately, that time seems to be coming closer and closer. Scientists developing a new line of antibiotic have found that Staphylococcus aureus, one type of  bacteria that has grown highly resistant to antibiotics, has already demonstrated the ability to withstand the new antibiotic before it even leaves laboratory testing.

In other research, scientists have found that bacteria which are killed in a petri dish in the laboratory by antibiotics during lab tests, are not effective in the body. The researchers believe the bacteria use a Trojan Horse method of evading the effects of the antibiotics, and continue to cause infection and damage to the body.


Daily Health Tip

While researchers work feverishly in the laboratory to develop medications that help support our body’s fight against bad bacteria, it’s important that we do our own part to stay healthy and reduce the number of bacteria which become resistant to antibiotics. The bacteria that do develop this resistance are responsible for at least 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths as a result of those infections.

Making Changes

To help reduce the number of bacteria that develop resistance and support your immune system, you may have to change the way you do a few things.

1. Sleep for 8 hours each evening. This one thing can support your immune system, help you feel better, help your brain clean out toxins, reduce your risk of dementia, improve your ability to stabilize your weight and reduce your risk of diabetes.  All this from sleeping 8 hours each evening.

2. Eat a well balanced diet rich in healthy fats. A low-fat diet is usually high in whole grains and carbohydrates that turn to sugar in the body. This increases your inflammatory response, increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, spikes your blood sugar and increases your risk of experiencing a viral infection.

3. Consider taking vitamin supplements if your diet does not supply all the vitamin D3, C, K2, A, B complex, E and other nutrients. Each of these play a role in the health of your immune system.

4. Stop using antibacterial soaps and sprays. These do not help to reduce the bacterial load in your home and do increase the risk that you will grow antibiotic resistant bacteria. You can thoroughly clean your hands by using regular soap and actually washing them for one minute. You can clean your counters and toys with white vinegar and baking soda without fear of introducing chemicals to your children or contaminating your food.

5. Wash your hands after being in public, after touching anyone who is sick, after sneezing or coughing, before preparing any food and after using the toilet.

6. Flush the toilet with the lid closed. You might not be aware that the toilet will aerosolize water and bacteria from the toilet each time it’s flushed. These droplets settle on your toothbrushes, your sink handles and sink. In other words, anything you touch in the bathroom.


My Daily Affirmation

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. What options exist for me to exercise while at work?

2. How does long-term exercise help in eliminating stress altogether?

3. What other activities can I participate in to balance my life and manage stress?

Fact Or Fiction?

These little creatures of the night can be scary. They fly using echolocation because their eyesight is so poor, but their hearing is phenomenal.  They are warm-blooded, nurse their young and have fur, making them a part of the mammal family, but with wings. They hang upside down during the day to sleep and eat small animals and insects. Bats are the only mammals that fly. There are Flying Squirrels but these animals really only glide from one area to another, while bats use their wings exclusively.


Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team

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