This is How Probiotics Can Help Support a Healthy Mood
Perhaps you’ve heard of probiotics and have wondered about their health benefits. If you aren’t taking probiotics, here are some essential facts you need to know about these powerful microorganisms.
What Are Probiotics?
The word probiotic comes from Latin: pro means “support” and biotic means “life.” The World Health Organization defines a probiotic as any living microorganism that has a health benefit when ingested. Likewise, the USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) defines a probiotic as any “live, nonpathogenic, nontoxic microbial organism which, when administered in adequate amounts, confers a health benefit on the host.”
Scientists have discovered that the bacteria living in the human gut, collectively called the “microbiome,” offer a broad spectrum of previously unknown wellness benefits including improved mood and healthy immunity.
Good Bugs/Bad Bugs
Your body is a highly sophisticated ecosystem that can include well over 1,000 different species of bacteria in your intestinal system. Some are beneficial, and some aren’t.
The beneficial gut bacteria help regulate practically everything in your ecosystem – from supporting your digestion to favorably influencing the nervous and immune systems. When you don’t have enough of these friendly bacteria, you can have digestive problems, difficulty managing stress, and irritability or other negative behaviors.
To remain in top form, the relationship of good bugs to bad bugs in your microbiome needs to be positively skewed. You are more likely to be healthy and happy when the beneficial microorganisms in your gut outnumber the harmful ones. Growing research suggests that when the balance is tipped the other way, all sorts of physical and mental problems may arise.
Beware of Microbiome Imbalance
Imbalance of the gut microbiome – too many bad bacteria in the gut – has been linked to a wide range of mental and physical challenges. Keeping your gut in proper balance is essential to your overall health.
Experiencing digestive issues is a sure-fire way to know if you have an imbalanced gut. If you’re struggling with any of the following on a consistent basis, you may benefit from a well-formulated probiotic supplement:
- Irregular bowel movements
- Excessively soft stools
- Unusual burping or excessive fullness after eating
- Cramping anywhere along your intestinal tract
Support Your Gut-Brain Connection
Optimizing gut health is a key nutritional component in supporting brain function. Your gut microbiome consists of trillions of bacteria that outnumber the total number of cells in your body. There’s increasing evidence in the literature that alterations in the composition of the gut can induce neurochemical changes in the brain that can significantly impact your mood and ability to regulate stress.
One of the best ways to support the gut-brain connection is to take a probiotic supplement.
ProBrainBiotics has the identical probiotic strains, at the same daily intake levels, that were put through two double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials and found to benefit intestinal function, mood, and coping with stressful experiences. These strains are Lactobacillus helveticus Strain R0052 and Bifidobacterium longum Strain R0175.
Lactobacillus helveticus Strain R0052
This strain helps maintain the healthy intestinal structure, intestinal immune function, and makeup of the gut microbiome. It efficiently takes up residence in the intestine after oral intake, supports the tight seal of the gut lining that prevents leakage of intestinal contents into the surrounding tissues, and supports healthy immunity. It also helps keep down bacteria that are less beneficial for gut health.
Bifidobacterium longum Strain R0175
Bifidobacteria are mainstays of a well-balanced gut microbiome. They are important contributors to intestinal health by helping to digest complex carbohydrates, and by producing substantial amounts of short-chain fatty acids that have a strong positive influence on the cells that line the intestine. This particular strain of bifidobacterium is very hardy and works particularly well with Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 to promote gut health.
In the first double-blind clinical trial with this special strain combination, healthy adults complaining of occasional stress took either a placebo or the combination of Lactobacillus helveticus Strain R0052 and Bifidobacterium longum Strain R0175 for three weeks. The combination improved gut discomforts related to stress.
In the second double-blind trial, the same combination taken at the same daily dose for 30 days improved mood and lowered anxiousness, compared to the placebo.
BrainMD’s ProBrainBiotics is the first probiotic supplement proven to benefit both intestinal and brain function.
ProBrainBiotics can help with:
- Mood – promotes healthy mood and coping with anxiousness
- Gut Health – promotes overall intestinal function
- Stress – helps cope with stress related abdominal discomfort
- Immunity – supports healthy immune balance
What Others Are Saying About ProBrainBiotics
“The ProBrainBiotics have been beneficial to my health, especially seen in how my body responds to stress. My gut would go crazy when I was under lots of stress, but now it responds much better than it did before I began taking ProBrainBiotics.” -Debbie
“Been using Dr. Amen’s ProBrainBiotics for several months now and have noticed significant positive results. Knowing that my gut is my ‘second brain’ makes me realize the importance of a probiotic and this one is the best!” -Scott
If you take good care of your bacterial guests, they will take care of you. Use ProBrainBiotics along with probiotic rich foods to enrich your daily life!
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Keith is grateful to have the opportunity to write about supplements since many of them have made a dramatic difference in his life. He is often heard around the office saying, “We have supplements for that.”