We’re living in a toxic world – and as a Mom, this is a BIG concern. You want to protect your little one from exposure, since these exposures can potentially have long-term consequences.
But how ?
These chemicals are ubiquitous, and exposure is often unavoidable.
Exposure doesn’t mean assimilation
To do harm, toxins must be assimilated. “Mother Nature” knows this, this is why, we come with a pretty sophisticated detoxification system built in. It’s pretty robust, protecting us from a range of chemical troubles.
Unfortunately, it is a little slow to come on line, making little bodies a lot more vulnerable to toxins, than big bodies. And it can be easily overwhelmed.
But, human enzymes are not the only ones who can remove toxins.
Bacteria, are masters at breaking down toxins. They’re chemical wizards – in fact one of their superpowers is that, as a collective, they can eat ANYTHING. A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G ! This makes them living examples of the axiom, one man’s poison is another man’s meat.
You are not alone
They’re there to share our food. The good food, the bad food and the toxic food.
Could they help us, avoid exposure to heavy metals ? Could we USE THEM, to block heavy metal assimilation ?
Hiring some help ?
This is the question, a group of researchers asked.
To find the answer, they dropped a very special mercury munching microbe, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, into the batches of yoghurt being brewed in the community kitchens of Mwanza.
And then shared their special yoghurt with pregnant women.
Heavy metals for breakfast
Mwanza, is a village located on the edge of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, living on the shores of the lake, this is a community of fish eaters. They eat fish for breakfast, lunch and supper.
But, Mwanza is not a sleepy fishing community.
In addition, to fishing, it is a mining town. And the mining activity along the shores of the lake, has brought exposure to heavy metals.
These Moms to be, were big fish eaters.
Fish & yoghurt daily
The team confirmed, the fish, the Moms and children in the village of Mwanza , had high levels of mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium.
60 pregnant women, participated in the study, which required them to supplement their high fish diet, with a little dairy.
- Half the “mums”, consumed the Lactobacillus rhamnosus containing yoghurt daily.
- Half the “mums”, enjoyed a glass of whole milk.
The levels of heavy metals were documented at the beginning of the study and then just after the Mom’s delivered. On average, the Moms did fish and dairy, for 102 days.
Lactobacillus ate the mercury
The team found that the Lactobacillus rhamonsus was protective.
Although, the blood levels of mercury remained high, the levels were stable in the group who consumed the probiotic. In the women, drinking ordinary milk, the blood levels of mercury, increased. The higher levels in Mom, mean the developing baby is also expose to higher levels.
The effect was small, but the difference was significant.
The results of this research suggest………
Gut bacteria help with detox
They already have a lot of jobs, detoxification of heavy metals, it yet another benefit.
It really is important to cultivate the “right” microflora.
Adding a sprig of cilantro to the jug of water on the table, will ensure you clean up the heavy metals, at your next social event .
Spainish researchers have found that a strain of “good” bacteria used to produce yoghurt can stop ulcers in mice infected with “the ulcer bug”
Sombreros provides protection from the sun, likewise sombrero wearing bacteria in the gut, shield gut cells from the fallout following radiation therapy.
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