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  • Suzanne Rightley

Take Care of Your Microbes and They’ll Take Care of You

We know that our bodies are made up of millions—possibly trillions—of microorganisms. They’ve even been described in terms of Kingdoms.

Lofty-sounding stuff, right?

Fact: We humans house a myriad of busy, ‘hustle-bustle’ type places. Each ‘place’ (eyes, skin, kidneys, toe nails, etc.) is equipped with all the right characters...aka...microbes—to enable life, full life, vibrant, thriving, etcetera. These micro-kingdoms require appropriate nutrients to be able to function and perform their daily duties.

Before we talk more about this, and—by way of a disclaimer—this isn’t a religious discussion—at all, but rather biological or organic. In other words don’t stop reading by jumping to a quick conclusion.

The following verse is for foundation purposes only...

Genesis 1:28... Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. (NKJV)

Again, not to put too much emphasis on the bible, but this verse, found in the first chapter of Genesis, ought to capture our attention. And—not meaning to sound condescending—but...“our attention” obviously encompasses anyone who is interested in their own health and fitness.

Which brings our talking point to the forefront—anyone should include everyone, right? Vibrant, lively living? What’s not to like about that?

Sadly—it doesn’t include everyone.

Genuine interest in the health of our microbes, that literally make up our bodies, should be extremely high because—hey, this is relevant stuff. These little guys should be our primary concern.

How can we make their lives better, so they make our lives complete in every way possible? This should be the uppermost thought in our minds?

But hey, let’s just put the horse in front of the cart, where it should be; no sense beating around the bush and every other phrase that says the same thing—Too many people are content with eating fake-foods or foods that are overly processed, lacking nutritional value, and potentially toxic to their bodies.

Back to Genesis, and an amazing clue to the Creator’s objective in creating humanity—assuming that a lot of people still believe there is a Creator. But to repeat...not our main focus. We’re talking biology and we’re talking all things organic—life producing.

“Have dominion over....”

Dominion? The word dominion means sovereignty and—for the purpose of this post—means self-governing.

Therefore, we find ourselves in a bit of a quagmire. It’s like this—how are we, humans, suppose to have control over every living thing on the planet (the big picture) if we don’t have or practice self-governing or control over our own physical selves? (Thinking about what most people typically consume in today’s world.)

Consider the fact that our physical bodies are literally made up of millions of micro-kingdoms—potentially billions of microbes that require appropriate nutrients to be able to function and perform their duties in daily life.

Hopefully, this brief article serves as a food-for-thought opportunity. We need to reflect on the choices we make on a daily basis—for ourselves and our children. Would our microbes appreciate high-fructose-corn syrup found in sodas, for instance? Would they choose trans fats off a menu? Would they thank you for the ‘added sugar’?

Or... would they revolt and turn against you and not perform to their greatest potential? Would they quit functioning because—hello, they aren’t feeling very well as they see themselves and their relatives getting weaker, sicker every day?

Yet, we—the very ones they (our personal microbes) depend have their interests at heart—are ignoring the signs and symptoms of their plight.

We expect them to do their jobs—fully, for us, yet we refuse to acknowledge what they require to sustain their own lives—which technically is our very own existence.

It’s time to wake up and start making better choices. How can we expect to have clear, knowledgeable thoughts on how to have control over all living (the directive in Genesis) when we choose to ignore our own lives?

Let’s remove the clutter of indulgence and ignorance, and start making healthier choices. Then, with time—we will see the positive results of our efforts.

Your. Microbes. Will. Thank. You.

It’s the right thing to do

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