How Important are Probiotics?
I am a huge fan of probiotics. In fact, I believe that incorporating probiotics is one of the most important additions you can make to your diet.
The healthy microorganisms from the probiotics fight the bad bacteria that grow and breed in our stomachs due to inflammation caused by diet, certain medications, and environmental factors.
Our second brain
I post a lot of articles on Facebook about the gut microbiome and how more doctors are realizing that the gut is actually a second brain to our bodies.
It was once thought that Serotonin was only produced by the brain but we now know that the gut is responsible for a whopping 90% of the production.
Serotonin is what regulates mood, gives us a sense of pain, hunger, and satiety, as well as gastrointestinal functions. Most of us know that Serotonin is the “feel good” stuff, but how many of us know that it also helps us with feeling full after eating, keeps things moving, and helps with our pain levels?
I wonder how many of us are “stress eating” because our Serotonin levels are off?
The secret to health, weight-loss, and good mental health, then, is getting the gut flora right.
It only makes sense that if your gut is out of whack, and can’t produce the right amounts of Serotonin because it’s overcome with bad bacteria, that pretty much everything else in your body is going to be out of whack as well.
How to get enough probiotics
You can get probiotics through certain foods like fermented foods, kombucha, raw unpasteurized cheese, and kefir. Kefir is like yogurt but has a tangier flavor and more probiotics because of the culturing process.
I suggest adding as many of these foods into your diet as possible, but most importantly, invest in a good probiotic supplement.
When looking for a probiotic, you’ll want to look for the refrigerated kinds with 8 billion/dose as a minimum with 5-10 different strains in it. Some of the strains you want to look for also have sub-strains.
The main strains are Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium, and Lactobacillus.
Personally, I take a probiotic with 150 billion/dose and it has 40 different strains in it. I don’t think it’s necessary for everyone to go out and buy the brand with the most of everything in it. I’ve just done so much damage to my gut over the years and struggle to keep it in check... so I bring out the big guns for prevention.
So for the sake of your sanity, health and weight, adding in probiotics from different sources is a fabulous way to make some significant changes to your overall health and wellbeing without much effort.