Are Bad Intestinal Bugs Causing Your Health To Be Distressed?

August 4, 2013

in Anti-Aging,BLOGS,Cancer,Digestion,Energy,General

 

bacteria webIt’s a battle of the good versus the bad when it comes to your intestinal health. Probiotics are the good bugs that live in your intestines to help you stay healthy.

You may say “Yuck” bugs in my intestines? How can that be?

My last article was titled “Healthy Digestion Means Feeling Good – Indigestion Means Feeling Bad.”  I talked about digestion and what conditions can cause problems such as heartburn, GERD, bloating, and other digestive discomforts. I also talked about some natural solutions to those digestive problems.

Now it’s time for you to tackle the lower gastrointestinal tract which is home to your intestinal flora. Both “good bugs” and “bad bugs” may be present in your intestinal flora. Most of these bugs/bacteria are harmless unless they get out of balance, then they can cause problems with your overall health.

What are some of the most common symptoms you could experience when the “bad” bacteria overtakes the “good” bacteria in your intestinal tract?

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Colitis (inflamed colon)

  • Gastroenteritis (inflamed stomach and intestines)

  • Yeast, Urinary Tract, and other frequent infections

  • Food poisoning

  • Flatulence

  • Lactose intolerance

  • Impaired digestion

  • Cancer, especially colon cancer

  • Poor nutrient absorption and utilization

  • Poor mental function

  • Poor immune response

So what can cause your intestinal flora to get out of balance?

  • Prescription drugs, especially antibiotics – antibiotics are often necessary but they do destroy the “good” bugs right along with the “bad” bugs.

  • Processed foods

  • Alcohol

  • Sugar

  • Exposure to toxins

  • Exposure to bad bugs such as Candida, botulism, E. coli, or salmonella

  • Infections such as bacterial, viral, and fungal

  • Low fiber diet

  • Chronic diarrhea

  • Stress

Ideally the “good” bacteria promote good health by discouraging the growth of disease causing “bad” bacteria. So what you need when this happens is a way to kill the “bad” guys and then restore the “good” guys.

The first step in correcting this out of balance problem is to eliminate as many of the possible causes as you can. Sometimes it isn’t possible because you may be on a prescription drug that is absolutely necessary. Perhaps you are on an antibiotic for some kind of infection. You do need to complete the antibiotic as prescribed by your doctor.

A major part of the first step is to clean up your diet and exposures as best as possible. Try to stay away from sugar and alcohol. Make sure you are getting a good healthy diet. I won’t go into a healthy diet here but if you have been following my blogs you should have a good idea of what that means. Need tips on eating healthy? – Sign up for my 10 Days to Better Health. Try to avoid processed foods and as many toxins as possible.

Next you need to be sure to eat plenty of garlic. Garlic will assist in getting rid of the “bad” bacteria that is causing the problem or is likely to cause a problem. This is a time to use a whole food garlic supplement such as the Neo-Life Garlic Allium. For best results, take 2 tablets each morning and each evening for 6 days. After 6 days continue taking the suggested amount of 2 Garlic Allium capsules per day which will help keep the “bad” guys out as well as all the other healthful benefits of the garlic allium vegetables. Garlic, along with its allium partner vegetables is considered nature’s natural antibiotic.

The final and most important step is to start supplementing with a very high quality probiotic such as Neo-Life Acidophilus Plus. Start by taking 4 capsules per day for a minimum of 10 days. After 10 days gradually reduce the capsules by 1 per every 10 days until you are down to the normal suggested amount of 1 capsule per day. The acidophilus supplement will restore the “good” bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract.

Digestive health can be improved with a well balanced diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, healthy fats, and whole grains. Keep in mind that it is first important to get your intestinal flora healthy otherwise you can go for years with some of the problems listed above.

I have made it a practice to go through this cleanse and restoration of my intestinal tract at least once a year and sometimes twice a year. On the very rare occasion that I have had to take an antibiotic, I make sure I go through the above cleanse and restoration immediately after completing the antibiotic.

Recently one of my long time clients contacted me regarding her granddaughter who had spent 6 months in another country on a mission project. She came back to the USA with an uncomfortable gastrointestinal tract problem. My suggestion was for her to take Betagest, Enzymes, and Acidophilus Plus. Only 2 months later she seems to be back to normal with no bad bugs to deal with.

Several years ago my niece contacted me because her little boy, about a year old had contacted Salmonella from his day care. Their pediatrician had prescribed antibiotics for over a 6 month period – he still tested positive for Salmonella. I suggested she open a Neo-Life Acidophilus Plus capsule, mix the powder in a small amount of yogurt and give it to him first thing each morning. In 30 days she had the baby tested again – no more Salmonella.

Here are some reasons to use Neo-Life’s Acidophilus Plus:

  • Whole food derived – contains beneficial bacteria isolated from cultured dairy foods. Please note: lactose intolerant people can safely take this product with absolutely no side effects – only improvements.

  • Broad spectrum – delivers 5 types of beneficial, lactic acid-producing bacteria: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Streptococcus thermophilus.

  • Concentrated – has as many beneficial bacteria as 10 servings of real yogurt.

  • Potency guaranteed – each capsule is filled with 5 billion live organisms that are protected for delivery to the intestines.

  • Active cultures – exclusive Gel-Gard protection system assures that the maximum number of live bacteria survive the stomach acid and reach the intestines.

  • Convenient – each bottle contains a 60 day supply when taking the suggested amount of 1 capsule per day. P.S. – for best results take upon rising first thing in the morning prior to any other food, coffee, or tea.

Keep in mind that in order to maintain good gastrointestinal health it requires the presence of between 100 million and 1 billion bacteria per day. One little capsule a day is worth eliminating the risk however if you eat a healthy diet of very little sugar and high fiber or do not have any of the symptoms listed above you may not need to take these all the time.

There are many acidophilus/probiotic products on the market. When choosing a supplement make sure it has been tested for health effects in human studies – Neo-Life Acidophilus Plus has been tested. Also remember that the presence of living cultures is critical to be effective. A study published in the British Medical Journal showed that many probiotic supplements actually contain little to no active (living) bacteria.

AcidophilusPlus2013-08-02_1604There are many benefits of using Neo-Life’s Acidophilus Plus:

  • Strengthen your immune system

  • Reduce food allergy symptoms

  • Keep “bad” bacteria in check

  • Prevent travelers’ diarrhea

  • Control irritable bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Synthesize B-Vitamins to reduce the effects of stress

  • Lower levels of toxic/mutagenic compounds

  • Reduce risk of colon cancer

  • Promote long-term colon health

  • Produce enzymes to digest lactose

  • Improve lactose intolerance

AcidophilusPluslandingpage_lYou are safe with Neo-Life Acidophilus Plus. We offer a 100% money back guarantee – you cannot go wrong.

Order here today – get your intestinal flora healthy and keep it healthy.

Things I’ve learned and want to share with you.

 


Pat Moon

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Pat has been married to the same man for 52 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren.  Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others.  Her goal is to share with others the things she has learned and is still learning about having the BEST REAL HEALTH possible. 

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1 Lorii Abela August 13, 2013 at 7:47 am

Very helpful information! Fresh fruits are quite delicious and are beneficial to health indeed. What fresh fruits do you think give utmost benefit to digestive health? 

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2 Pat Moon September 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

Hi Lorii,

As I have mentioned previously I suggest eating 2 servings of veggies to every 1 serving of fruit. Fruit is very good for you but is higher in sugar than veggies. Too much sugar can easily set an environment in your intestines for the bad bugs to populate. As far as choices of fresh fruit, a variety is good. I especially like berries because they are so high in antioxidants which give lots of protection against disease.

Enjoy your fruit (and veggies) and stay healthy, Pat
 

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3 Katrina August 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Pat thank you so much for sharing this article. I know a lot of people that this will help. 

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4 Pat Moon September 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

Hi Katrina,

You are so welcome. I invite you to share this article with those who you know that it will help.

Be healthy always, Pat
 

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5 Meire Weishaupt August 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

Thanks for sharing all this info with us, your posts always call our attention for what we can be doing wrong and teach us how to correct the mistakes.

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6 Pat Moon September 1, 2013 at 10:13 am

Hi Meire,

Thank you, my intent is to teach people how to be healthy with nutrition and nutritional supplementation. Your support is great.

Be healthy all the time, Pat
 

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7 Lorii Abela August 12, 2013 at 2:13 am

Very helpful information! Fresh fruits are quite delicious and are really beneficial to health indeed. What fresh fruits do you think give utmost benefit to digestive health?

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8 Pat Moon September 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

Hi Lorii,

Fresh fruit can be a double edged sword if they happened to be contaminated with bad bacteria which is more common than we often realize. That is a good reason to make sure the bad bugs are not in your intestines. If only good bugs are present, they can wipe out the bad so they do not cause a problem. I do not believe there is any one fruit that is better than another for your intestinal health. One thing to keep in mind is to eat more vegetables than fruit because fruit is higher in sugar. Too much sugar can actually provide an environment for the bad bugs to populate. I suggest 2 veggies to every 1 serving of fruit. I hope that answers your question.

Stay healthy, Pat
 

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9 Norma Doiron @Savvy Biz Solutions August 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Wow, Pat! YOU give so much great information on health. Very apparent that you do your ressearch well! I learned so much about gut health here.  Thanks so much! 

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10 Pat Moon September 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

Hi Norma,

Yes, at this point in my career in working with nutrtitional supplementation, I mainly do my research to make sure I am not missing new research, etc. Most of this info is in my head, I just have to get it out and on paper. It is good to hear that you are learning from my articles.

Thanks for visiting and commenting, Pat
 

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11 Robin August 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Oh yeah, I've taken that acidopholus stuff before… it's super good for you, but man o man is it ever stinky, haha :)  I just tell myself it's stinky because it's powerful, haha :)

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12 Pat Moon September 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

Hi Robin,

I’m glad you clarified why acidophilus is stinky. Our NeoLife Acidophilus Plus is really not stinky at all… maybe the end result if you really need it? haha

Stay bad bug free, Pat
 

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13 Delia @ Blog Formatting August 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Thanks for sharing this useful information! It's so great to have it all handy when needed and we all know how important health is!

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14 Pat Moon September 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

Hi Delia,

Yes, it is important to have excellent information and supplements as needed.

Be healthy, Pat
 

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15 MarVeena Meek (@PsychicMediumTX) August 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Excellent reminders Pat!

Thanks so much for sharing all this juicy information!

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16 Pat Moon September 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

MarVeena, you are most welcome.

Pat
 

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17 Sharon O'Day August 9, 2013 at 10:48 am

Pat, after living all my childhood and young adulthood in Brazil, including working the Amazon for a few years, I came to the States.  Before moving to Mexico, I decided to have myself tested to be sure I was healthy.  It took weeks for me to get test results back … because the lab had never SEEN so many "benign" beasties … and some they had never seen at all.  It was a testament to how resilient and adapting our bodies can be.  Because of my ongoing travels, I have since developed a full program to keep "flora and fauna," as I call it, in a healthy balance.  Thanks for sharing this important information with all your readers, and offering serious, top-quality products as solutions!

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18 Pat Moon September 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for your amazing testimony about your experiences with intestinal bugs. Yes, our bodies can adapt to different environments especially when given the proper tools to stay healthy. I cannot stress ‘proper tools’ enough.

Thanks again for sharing, Pat
 

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19 Kathy Robinson August 9, 2013 at 1:10 am

I take probiotics daily and two/day if I have to go on antibiotics. I was rushed to hospital late last year with a bug that caused bleeding of the bowel. I don't want to repeat that experience so please people, replace those good bugs.

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20 Pat Moon September 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

Hi Kathy,

Wow, that must have been scary to have that kind of bleeding. You are being very wise to stay on a good probiotic daily after that scare. Thanks for helping me spread the word.

Stay healthy, Pat
 

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21 Sherie August 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Pat, love the detail you go into! Even though I have been gluten free for a long time, I have needed the support of probiotics and healthy eating to help balance myself. I really appreciate you giving the whys and how to's of making us more healthy. Great post, I will be sharing!

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22 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Sherie,

I appreciate your visit to my post to discover more about the why’s and how to’s of being healthy. Also, thank you for sharing.

Continue to take care of your health, Pat
 

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23 Gertraud Walters August 8, 2013 at 9:32 am

Thanks for all this information. I personally have an Oilchange twice a year, getting rid of all the Parasites. Shame some of us are more concerned with their Car's oilchange forgetting about their own Body.

 

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24 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Hi Gertraud,

You are right about how so many people take better care of their car than they do their own body. I like your description of your oil change twice a year. Best to keep your body in balance.

Stay healthy, Pat

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25 Susan Schiller August 8, 2013 at 8:54 am

I always learn so much detailed health information at your site, Pat, and it fascinates me! I love learning new things – practical ways to keep our bodies strong and healthy. As nurturers, we women want the best for our families.

Following a cat bite recently, which went into the bone, my doctor gave me anti-biotics. I don't even remember if I've ever had anti-biotics before, as I rarely get sick. But the first thing I thought about was that as soon as the 10-day prescription is completed, I need to cleanse my colon!

Excellent article, Pat! – Thanks so much :)

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26 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Hi Susan,

Oh, that cat bite must have been nasty to have actually gone into the bone. Antibiotics are necessary at times and it is unwise to avoid them when they are needed. Yet we do have to take precautions to correct the replenishment of the good bugs after taking them.

So happy to have your support of my articles, Pat
 

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27 Jessica Stone August 8, 2013 at 7:21 am

As always, such good, helpful info!  Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge about the good buggies and bad buggies.

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28 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Hi Jessica

Glad you found the info about the buggies helpful.

I pray you have the best of health possible, Pat
 

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29 Helena Bowers August 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Thanks Pat! This is a wealth of information and I will be putting it to good use.
 

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30 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Hi Helena,

You are so welcome. My goal is to provide information about health and nutrition that people can put to good use.

Good health to you, Pat
 

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31 Carolyn Hughes August 7, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Whenever I read your posts Pat I realise just how little I know about my own body! Thank you for such detailed and helpful information.

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32 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Hi Carolyn,

My goal is to teach people the benefits of taking care of their body in as natural way as possible.

May God bless your health, Pat
 

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33 Carla J Gardiner August 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Excellent information on "gut" health and healthy bugs, Pat. More than 16 years ago I learned of the value of quarterly cleansing…ridding my body of the bad bugs, bacteria and sludge. Today, my intestinal health adds to my vibrant energy and clear focus. Everyone should use supplements and cleansing to improve their overall health, too.

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34 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Hi, Carla

Vibrant energy and clear focus are definitely a sign of good intestinal health. You are wise to do a quarterly cleanse. Most people are unaware of that need.

Thanks for your support, Pat
 

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35 Barbara Becker August 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Yes, Pat, I do love garlic and all of the health benefits associated with it. Yogurt is one of my staples with an assortment of fruit. Thank you for the great post. 

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36 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Hi Barbara,

Good for you in your good diet choices. Just keep the points in the article in mind in the event any of the symptoms of bad intestinal bugs happen to surface. At that time it may just be time to consider supplementation at least for a period of time.

Be healthy, Pat
 

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37 Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families August 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Great information!  I personally eat yogurt on a daily basis to help replish the good bacteria in my system.  Thank you for sharing.

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38 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Hi Christy,

You are wise to eat yogurt as it does help some in replenishing the good bacteria. However not a great lot of the good bacteria in yogurt actually survives the stomach acid and really reaches the intestines. That is the reason I supplement with the NeoLife Acidophilus Plus. It is enteric coated to protect it against the stomach acid but breaks down when it reaches the intestines.. 99% delivery. Just keep it in mind in the event you ever have to be on antibiotics or suffer from a stomach bug or have any of the other symptoms mentioned in the article.

Best of health to you, Pat
 

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39 Roz August 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Wow- This is a lot of good info. I usually use acidophilus after being on an antibiotic & eat yogurt daily. Cook with lots of garlic. So far I have a good digestive system so I must be doing something right.

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40 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Hi Roz,

Yes, it sounds as though you are doing many things right. I eat yogurt most days but unfortunately not a lot of the good bacteria in yogurt actually reaches the intestines where it is needed because it doesn’t survive the stomach acid. That is the reason an acidophilus supplement must be formulated so as to survive the stomach acid but yet breakdown in the intestines where it is needed.


Keep up the good work, Pat

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41 tomholmberg378799134 August 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Great advice Pat! Intestinal flora is so critical in many parts of our system, but most -people do not relieze it

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42 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Hi Tom,

Yes, intestinal flora balance is very critical in how our body functions in many ways. People, and sometimes even doctors, tend to blame many health problems on other things or just throw a medicine at it instead of addressing the real problem.

Take care of your health, Pat
 

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43 Rob August 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

I wish i knew this before we went to mexico.. the bactieria we got messed us up pretty good.

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44 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Hi Rob,

That is too bad about your experience in Mexico. What did you do about it? Even if it has been quite some time you would benefit from going through the NeoLife Garlic Allium and Acidophilus Plus for 30 days. Then next time you go to another country take the NeoLife Betazymes with you to help kill the bacteria before it takes hold. You will enjoy your travels much more.

Blessings, Pat
 

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45 Leslie Ferris August 6, 2013 at 8:01 am

Hi Pat, I definitely didn't know about the garlic, that's really interesting.  Your blog comes at a good time for me.  My daugther and I just returned from a mission trip to Haiti, and we all have a bit of an intestinal 'thing' going on.  It is going away though…    Not an unusual occurance given where we have been.  

 

Cheers, and thanks for all you do….

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46 Pat Moon August 31, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Hi Leslie,

Happy for the timing of my blog for you and your daugther. Please be aware that those types of intestinal bugs from travel may get better temporarily but often will reappear when you are least expecting. I always suggest going through the garlic and acidophilus plus routine after such situations or after any bout of taking antibiotics. Give the NeoLife supplements a try.. they are the best available.

Blessings, Pat
 

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47 Martha Giffen August 5, 2013 at 11:05 pm

As always, very useful and helpful information! Thanks so much for all the research you do and for sharing the findings with us!

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48 Pat Moon August 29, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Hi Martha,

People like you who follow my blog are so appreciated. It makes it very worthwhile when I hear people acknowledge that the information is useful and informative.

Thanks for your commitment, Pat
 

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49 Liz Bigger August 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Thanks Pat!  This is great info…our digestion is something that we just seem to take for granted until something hurts!  I think I am going to check out a clensing myself…nothing hurts right now, but I do have food allergies and who doesn't need an immune system boost! 

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50 Pat Moon August 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Hi Liz,

Yes, it is so easy to take things for granted until something isn’t functioning correctly. By all means a cleanse could give you a start on addressing those food alergies. People do not realize what causes the food allergies and that there are natural means of correcting the problems with certain foods. I’ll be happy to walk you through how to address those food allergies.

Be in touch for the sake of your health, Pat
 

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51 MarVeena August 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I do one cleasne a year at least, very important for your health!

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52 Pat Moon August 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Hi MarVeena,

Yes, it is very important to do at least one cleanse a year. I gives the body a chance to renew itself.

Thanks for stopping by, Pat
 

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53 Moira Hutchison August 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

Thanks for sharing this wonderful wealth of information Pat!  I like to do a cleanse twice a year – it certainly helps to stay aware of what your body needs physically and emotionally.

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54 Pat Moon August 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Hi Moira,

Good for you in that you do a cleanse twice a year. Most people do not realize the importance of giving their body a rest and a chance to start over once in a while. It is so important to listen to your body physically and emotionally as you suggest.

Stay in great health, Pat
 

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