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Limit your intake of foods that have antimicrobial properties. Raw onions, garlic, chili pepper, and the like contain compounds that are toxic to certain types of microorganisms, including some of those that are commonly found in the human gut. There’s a reason why we find the taste of these foods to be very pungent, and that is that they are tough on the microbial communities we harbor and our general physiology. Antimicrobial compounds such as allicin, an organosulfur substance found in garlic, are heat-sensitive and can be destroyed by cooking. (Previous tips)
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Antibiotics are depressogenic. The use of broad-spectrum antibiotics disrupts the gut microbiota, which sets the stage for gastrointestinal dysfunction, increased intestinal permeability, and chronic inflammation. This, in turn, can lead to feelings of sadness and despair. This emotional response to microbiota disruption and inflammation serves an adaptive purpose, but is unfortunately left unchecked in our evolutionarily abnormal, modern environment.
"How so many absurd rules of conduct, as well as so many absurd religious beliefs, have originated, we do not know; nor how it is that they have become, in all quarters of the world, so deeply impressed on the minds of men; but it is worthy of remark that a belief constantly inculcated during the early years of life, while the brain is impressionable, appears to acquire almost the nature of an instinct; and the very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason."