The Holidays: A Prolonged Assault on Our Microbiome, Part 1


The holidays are beginning, and so starts a prolonged assault on our microbiome. The bacteria that inhabit our gastrointestinal tracts are responsible not just for proper digestion, but also for mood, metabolism, weight, and immunity. Martie Whittekin, Board-Certified Clinical Nutritionist, author, and host of her own nationally-syndicated talk radio show, Healthy by Nature ( describes the many functions served by our internal microbial community; how stress, junk food, sugar, alcohol, acid-blockers, chemically treated tap water, unnatural birth practices, vacations to exotic venues and toxic food additives can threaten our microbiome. What role do probiotics play? How to select the proper probiotic? What are PRE-biotics? What are bacteriocins? How, when, and in what quantity should you take probiotics? What role does aloe vera play in restoring GI health? Click HERE for part 2.

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