How Probiotics Keep You Balanced
Did you know that there is an entire world of microorganisms living in your body?
It’s true! Your intestines host TRILLIONS of organisms, including at least 1,000 different species of bacteria. Some are beneficial, and some are not. You are more likely to be healthy and happy when the beneficial microorganisms in your gut outnumber and outpower the harmful ones.
That’s where probiotics come in – they support the healthy microorganisms that help keep you balanced. In fact, the word “probiotic” comes from Latin: pro means “support” and biotic means “life.” The very definition is something that affirms health and life. That’s true even by today’s standards – the World Health Organization defines a probiotic as any living microorganism that has a health benefit when ingested. Likewise, the USDA defines a probiotic as any “live, nonpathogenic, nontoxic microbial organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”
1. Immune Support
Research has documented the beneficial effects of probiotics supporting the immune system. Your immunity starts in your gut. A condition called intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut syndrome, is a major source of impaired immunity. When the lining of the intestines is harmed, it becomes permeable – meaning substances that should stay in the intestines can pass out of them. Permeability allows undigested food, bacteria, and waste products to “leak” out of the intestines, which can cause infections, allergies, and digestive problems.
It is vital to increase the level of all “good bacteria” in the gut. These bacteria actually help tighten the intestinal “junctions” through which leaking occurs. Probiotics provide these good bacteria thus helping to balance the flora in the gut.
2. What Hurts Your Good Bugs
Gut flora can be thrown out of balance by many factors, including antibiotics, pesticide-laden foods, artificial sweeteners, leaky gut, poor diet, infection, stress, a high-acid diet, and even just the normal changes that occur in your digestive system as you age.
It is pretty clear that probiotics are beneficial for the body, but did you know that they can also help your brain?
3. Supporting Brain Health
Multiple research studies have shown that a healthy gut is linked to better memory, improved stress response and better behavior. A research study done at Oxford University found a connection between gut bacteria and mental health in humans.
Another study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles found that women who regularly consumed probiotics showed altered activity of brain regions that control central processing of emotion and sensation and had a reduced level of worry compared to women given a placebo or no treatment.
4. Ways to Boost Happy Bugs
Now that you realize how critical it is to include probiotics in your healthy life plan, how do you do it? Probiotics are found in a variety of foods, including:
- Fresh sauerkraut
- Raw dandelion greens
- Kombucha tea
Another way to help support gut flora is by taking a probiotic supplement. That’s why BrainMD Health created ProBrainBiotics – that was specifically formulated to support the health of your gut and your brain. Make ProBrainBiotics a part of your daily life!
“When your gut isn’t healthy, your brain will not be healthy. Intestinal problems increase inflammation, a low level fire that destroys your organs, and increases your risk for moodiness, nervousness, pain and memory issues. When we take antibiotics or eat pesticide-laden foods, it upsets this delicate balance and we are much more likely to get sick. Remember, pesticides kill bugs, even the ones in your gut. Eat right and take probiotics. I designed ProBrainBiotics to give people an easy way to get the beneficial gut bacteria they need in one easy-to-use supplement.” — Daniel G. Amen, MD