by Dr. Edward Group 

gut-microbiom-blogPollutants pervade almost every aspect of our environment. Air pollution is one of the biggest threats, and water pollution comes in at a very close second. Even the pollutants in our foods are contributing to a myriad of health concerns. Researchers believe external pollution may be implicated in cancer, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, among other of the most pressing health concerns of our time. [1] Research is showing that persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, could be altering the gut microbiome and reducing the ratio of good to bad bacteria in the intestines. This imbalance is one of the driving forces behind some diseases, and could partially explain the detrimental effects of pollution on our health.

POPs and Your Gut Health

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Certain compounds in the environment bind to specific receptors in the body, including the aryl hydrocarbon receptor, affecting the human microbiome. This receptor is responsible for keeping the gut healthy. Animal models have shown that POPs decrease good bacterial strains and increase the bad ones, imparting effects such as impaired liver function, intestinal swelling, and altered fat and glucose metabolism. [2] This may explain why pollution is so powerful for influencing obesity and diabetes risk.

What You Can Do

One of the best tactics against POPs is to eat an organic, preferably raw, diet. This will reduce your exposure to pesticides and other chemical ingredients commonly added to conventional food. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to completely avoid all pollutants in our environment. To maintain gut health, consider a cleanse using quality supplements. Look for products designed specifically for gut health, like Global Healing Center’s Gut Health Kit™. This kit contains a 30-day supply of our finest gut-support supplements and empowers your body to cleanse, balance, support, and maintain optimal gut health.

References (2)
  1. Lim SS, Vos T, Flaxman AD. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk fact clusters in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 2012 Dec 15;380(9859):2224-60. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61766-8.
  2. Carol Potera. POPs and Gut Microbiota: Dietary Exposure Alters Ratio of Bacterial Species. Environ Health Perspect; DOI; 10.1289/ehp.123-A187.

Floratrex™ is a superior blend of 50 billion live and active cultures from 18 probiotic strains. It also contains prebiotics to help support strong gut health.

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