We hear regularly about ‘good bacteria’ that can be found in foods like yoghurts. But, we all have bacteria in our guts, working hard, not only on digestion, but on keeping our bodies healthy and working.
If we have good bacteria, then logically we must also have ‘bad bacteria’. Bad bacteria or microbes are responsible for things like tiredness, headache and diarrhea so it’s important we keep the keep the bacteria in our guts balanced.
Our gut bacteria live in our dark insides, so your natural assumption would be that they can’t tell whether it’s day or night. Well, that assumption would be quite wrong. Our gut bacteria are driven to do their work by our daily routines.
We live in symbiosis with our bacteria. We cannot exist without them and they are responsible for our protection. So when we get on with our daily routines of eating, exercising and sleeping, our bacteria knows when they should be working hard to help us grow or burn energy and when they should be doing their maintenance work, like clearing toxins or simply resting.
This short video explains the importance of your gut microbes.
Upset their routine and your gut bacteria can get angry. Not getting enough sleep, or irregular sleep patterns can confuse your bacteria, making them incapable of working effectively. The same can be said of not eating a good diet or regular meals.
So what does this mean for you? Once your gut bacteria stop working effectively it can lead to other types of illness. If you’re lucky, it will be a short term upset, but having your guts work and sleep patterns upset long term can lead to long term illnesses such as diabetes. Lack of sleep has already been linked to weight gain, which in itself can lead to more serious issues.
Most of us will probably have some sort of regular meal and sleep routine so let’s look at an everyday example of how your gut can be disorientated and stop working effectively; Jet lag. Have you ever been on a long trip where you’ve moved from one time zone to another? Your sleep and eating patterns get upset. For a day or two you find it hard to get accustomed to eating and sleeping in the new time zone and you probably don’t feel wonderful. Then a day or two later, you’re back into a routine. Your gut has realized you’re back into a routine and knows what it should be doing and when and so you feel fine. You suffer the same problem following your trip back, but after a few days everything is OK again. Now, imagine, if this was happening to your gut long term.
It doesn’t bear thinking about does it? Well, if you’re the sort of person who skips meals or doesn’t get a reasonable amount of sleep, that’s exactly what’s going on in your gut on a regular basis. Try as they may, if you don’t have routines, then neither will your ‘good bacteria’ meaning they won’t be able to control the increase in bad bacteria that can lead to illness.
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