Moms In Charge

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Is Something “Bugging” You?

on July 2, 2012

Being in the “anti-bacterial” culture for many years as a registered nurse, purell was one of my closest companions, safely tucked in my pocketbook at all times.  It was mounted on the wall outside and by the sink of each room in the ICU. Pumping this liquid “kill all” gave myself and most of the staff members a sense of security against the many microbes that lurked around us.

Having children added another level of needing to keep everything sanitized.

Hand sanitizer was always strategically placed in every diaper bag, purse, changing station and bathroom.

It is still a safe bet that you can ask any mom at most any park for a sanitizer and she would have some to share.

In my quest to break our family out of the sick cycle, I discovered the startling realization that what I had been doing was essentially taking out all of the bugs; good and bad.

What we had been left with was a weakened immune system that caused us to catch a cold if you sneezed across town.

I’ve recently read an article that  gave fantastic insight into why our culture’s obsession with sanitizing has set us all up to be even more susceptible to attacks from stronger “bugs”.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/opinion/lets-add-a-little-dirt-to-our-diet.html?_r=3&ref=opinion

Our inner flora of healthy bacteria is diminishing as we continue on our quest for cleanliness and the germ-a-phobia movement grows.

As the article gave insight into how we need a healthy dose of dirt, it also speaks to even greater health benefits of growing our OWN organic food.

Having our own organic garden gives us the control over countless factors that allows us to eat the food straight from the garden with minimal need for sanitation.

For those of us who need assistance getting our garden started, there are fabulous services like Harvest to Home http://www.harvesttohome.com/ that can help set up raised bed gardens no matter if we have a yard or not.

Thankfully, we do have great organic cleaning options for when we are not farming our own produce via Eat Cleaner (http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=213196&U=627482&M=25817&urllink=)

as well as making our own cleaners through essentials oils.

Another key point to consider is the importance of cultivating our inner eco system.  Probiotics in the form of fermented food is crucial for our under nourished good bacteria.
To start:
**Buy a good fermented coconut water and add to your daily regime http://bodyecology.com/574.html

http://inner-eco.com/

**Buy fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi and add a tablespoon to one meal.
Increase to half a cup with one to two meals.

**As you progress, buy your own culture starter and make your own Coconut kefir, fermented coconut water  http://coconutkefir.org/
And veggies http://bodyecology.com/articles/cveggies.php

Although I believe keeping our food supply safe and ourselves free from harmful pathogens  is very important, being aware of our need for healthy bacteria is also crucial.

Combining safe food handling and hand washing with more personal organic gardening, incorporating more cultured foods in our diet without using harsh antibacterials will give our inner eco system a better chance to flourish with vibrant health.

Hopefully we will become more excited and look forward to the things that “bug us”. 😉

 

Blessings,

Dotty 🙂

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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