The pandemic of 2020 saw a dramatic increase in the use of antibacterial products to decrease the spread of harmful bacteria. In 2021, antibacterial products generated $25.10 billion and may exceed $32.36 billion.
While widespread, excessive use of these products could harm a person’s health. Here are some of the top dangers of overusing antibacterial products.
Also known as antimicrobial or antiseptics, antibacterial soaps are marketed as better than traditional soaps, specifically designed to kill germs and bacteria that make people sick. However, the FDA has banned many hand sanitizer ingredients and urged consumers to avoid hand sanitizer products containing the following components:
As a first option, the FDA recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, “especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that consumers use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol if soap and water are unavailable.
Antibacterial Product Dangers
Excessive use of antibacterial products may contribute to the following health issues:
Frequent use of hand sanitizers may increase the risk of antimicrobial resistance.  Some of the germs and bacteria survive when using these products, creating new strains that become drug resistant. Therefore, creating the need for stronger and potentially more dangerous antibacterial products to kill the germs.
Another study shows soaps containing triclosan “were no more effective” than plain soap at preventing infectious illness symptoms and reducing bacterial levels on the hands. 
Increased Allergies in Children
Studies on allergies in children found an increased risk of allergic symptoms and antimicrobial product exposure. The top allergic reactions were wheezing, allergic rhinitis, and eczema.  Scientists hypothesize that increased antibacterial products reduce a young person’s exposure to various germs, causing their immune systems to become hypersensitive to both good and bad bacteria.
Weakened Immune System
Studies indicate that triclosan, a commonly used antibacterial product, may negatively affect human immune function.  In addition to killing bad bacteria, antibacterial products like triclosan also kill good bacteria. This can weaken the immune system because good bacteria protect the body from bad bacteria that cause sickness and disease.
The same researchers note proper immune function plays a key role in a person’s long-term health:
- Individuals with childhood asthma could have an increased risk of developing lung cancer
- A weakened immune system has been linked to dementia in those aged 87 and older
Disruption to the Gut Microbiome
Triclosan has been used in hand sanitizers, toothpaste, and other personal care products since the 1960s. While banned from hand sanitizers, products advertised as having “antimicrobial protection” may still contain triclosan. This could include products such as toothpaste, mouthwashes, non-prescription drugs, cosmetics, and kitchenware.
Triclosan is absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes and is in human plasma, breast milk, and human tissues. Triclosan can impact the gut microbiome: 
- Large exposure to triclosan could cause a large drop in short-chain fatty acid composition.
- Evidence links triclosan to colonic diseases in animals.
- Triclosan also decreases gut diversity levels.
- Triclosan disrupted fatty-acid synthesis, disrupting cell membranes' growth and preventing the growth and division of bacteria and fungi.
Improving Gut Health
The negative impacts of triclosan on gut health may be reversible through dietary changes and supplementation. One way to improve gut health is by eliminating sugar, processed foods, and artificial ingredients from the diet. You can improve your gut health by consuming the following:
- Dark chocolate
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil
- Wild salmon
Studies have linked the following health conditions to poor gut health: 
- Chronic heart disease
- Liver disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Top Products For Gut Health
In addition to eating the proper foods, supplements are also available to help improved gut health:
ION For Gut Health is a mineral supplement that has been shown to protect the gut wall from dangerous toxins and help heal the gut. This supplement contains purified water, trace amounts of mineral amino acid complexes, and the mineral Terrahydrite, aqueous humic substances that are carbon-rich and alkaline.
These substances have been used for centuries to assist with the following:
- Increased nutrient uptake in plants and soil
- Strengthen the immune system
- Help decrease mineral deficiencies
In addition to containing Terrahydrites, ION For Gut Health helps to protect and support the gastrointestinal tract from various toxins that come from our food and environment:
- Allergenic foods such as gluten
- Pesticides and herbicides in the food supply
- Antibiotics from factory-farmed products
ION For Gut Health has been scientifically proven to heal the tight junctions in the gut with no harmful side effects.
In addition to gut support for humans, we also have ION* Gut Support For Pets. Nearly 67% of American homes have pets, with 95% of pet owners considering their pets as family members. This product offers the same benefits provided in ION For Gut Health, helping to protect our pets from environmental toxins and keep their gut microbiome healthy.
The use of hand sanitizers and other antibacterial products has increased dramatically since 2020. Unfortunately, studies indicate the overuse of these products could harm a person’s health. Therefore, the CDC and FDA recommend using soap and water as your first option, and you should use antibacterial products sparingly.
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