Did You Know Some Germs Are Actually Good For You?
Written by: Brandi Monasco
All germs are bad for you, right?
Actually, that’s not true.
Many people believe that every single germ that you come into contact with is bad and harmful and can make you sick. While there are a lot of germs that can cause you to become sick, not every germ is bad.
In fact, there are many that are actually beneficial to your health.
When you say “bad germs,” you probably immediately think of bacteria and viruses, which in a sense, is correct. There are many “bad” germs that you have to watch out for. “Bad” germs and bacteria are the reasons why we should always wash our hands, wipe down our kitchens, clean our bathrooms and avoid contact with sick people if possible. These are the types of germs and bacteria that can do harm and can leave you sick.
These germs include the germs that cause the common cold, flu, pneumonia, strep throat and even more harmful illnesses, such as meningitis and food poisoning. These are also the types of germs that often require the assistance of antibiotics to kill the disease or illness caused by these germs.
However, because these germs are killed off only by antibiotics, antibiotic resistance can also occur, which then becomes counterproductive.
How To Protect Yourself Against Harmful Germs:
1. Keep Your Hands Clean – Do you remember being told as a kid to always wash your hands? Well, that is one way to keep these harmful germs from invading your body and causing illness. When you wash your hands, make sure to use hot water and regular, plain soap and scrub for a while. Singing the “Happy Birthday” while you wash your hands provides enough time to get those nasty germs off of your hands.
2. Take Along Protection – If you are on the go like many Americans, make sure to always take along with you hand sanitizer or alcohol-based wipes.
3. Clean With Lemons – When you are cleaning your home, make sure to clean with lemon juice. Lemon juice actually does the job just as well as bleach and without those harmful fumes. Lemon juice can help kill the germs just as well.
The “good” germs, on the other hand, are germs that actually help and benefit your body in different ways. Good bacteria lives in your intestines and helps your body make use of the nutrients found in the foods that you eat. Basically, these germs help to process the food that you eat; without them, your body could not properly digest food the way that it should.
Good bacteria also helps to produce different vitamins within your body such as vitamins B6, folic acid and niacin. They help to protect your body against the “bad” germs and bacteria that could be lingering in your gut. If these “bad” germs become too crowded in your gut, there are a lot of things that could happen, including sickness. Good germs basically help to control these bad germs.
These “good” germs are sometimes found in medicines and vaccinations. However, when antibiotics are used too much to treat illnesses, these good germs and bacteria are killed off, which could cause a variety of illnesses and even obesity because your body is not able to digest food properly.
In order to prevent the good germs and bacteria from being killed off, in the event that you do need to take antibiotics, probiotics are the way to help not only prevent good bacteria from being killed, but also to help build new bacteria. Probiotics also help support your immune system and help prevent obesity.
Probiotics provide optimal gut health. Beyond taking supplements for probiotics, here are a few foods that you can eat to get that amazing gut health!
1. Dark Chocolate
Eating foods that contain probiotics may also help prevent colds and the flu as well as help with certain types of skin issues.
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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