How true! We have over 100 trillion friendly bacteria living inside our bodies (about 10 times more cells in the body), most specifically focalized in our most dense bacterial ecosystem, our gut. They make up our personal army of primal defense against unfriendly bacteria, viruses, parasites and all manner of unwanted guests. The stronger and more populated our internal ecosystem is, the stronger, healthier and more robust we are.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, The ideal ratio between the bacteria in your gut is 85 percent “good” and 15 percent “bad.” Hmmm, do we actually want to host the bad guys? Well, studies show that maintaining this optimal ratio is essential for good health, because the bad bacterial keep the good bacteria active (in other words, they give them a job!), and give them cause to proliferate. Makes sense doesn’t it?
Strangely, our brain health is largely associated with our gut health. Our gut is often referred to as “our second brain” as it originates from the same tissue. During fetal development, half of this tissue develops into your central nervous system, while the other develops into your enteric nervous system. These two systems are connected by the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem down to your abdomen. So the gut and the brain work synchronistically, and influence one another’s activity, which explains why your intestinal health can significantly impact your mental health, and vice versa.
There is a known link between neurological disorders (including ADHD and autism) and gastrointestinal dysfunction. Gluten intolerance is frequently a feature of both conditions, especially in children. When placed on a gluten-free diet, the symptoms associated with ADHD and autism will most often improve.
Benefits of Probiotics: Adding a good probiotic regimen to the diet offers a variety of benefits to your internal micro biome. Your ecosystem is armed with anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-depressent, immune enhancing properties that affect every organ and system in your body.
Key Probiotic & Prebiotic Foods: While it’s useful to take broad-spectrum probiotic capsules or liquids that contain a minimum of 2 billion live bacteria strains, it’s even better to regularly consume a diet of probiotic foods and prebiotic fibers. Probiotic foods such as fermented vegetables, fermented soaked nuts, kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefer and kombucha supercharge the intestinal tract with a powerhouse of live active enzymes and bacteria. Prebiotic fibers from whole foods such as garlic, onions, leeks, Mexican yams, dandelion greens, jicama, asparagus, bananas and chicory assist the friendly bacteria to work more efficiently on our behalf.
To learn more about the health of your internal micro biome, I recommend checking out these two references:
DR. JOSEPH MERCOLA: www.mercola.com.
Articles: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/05/17/gut-bacteria-brain-health.aspx; http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/24/one-of-the-most-important-steps-you-can-take-to-improve-your-health.aspx
DONNA GATES: Founder of Body Ecology and The Healthy Gut Summit: www.bodyecology.com / www.healthygutsummit.com. Donna now offers a recording of this summit filled with experts on the subject of intestinal health.
Articles: http://bodyecology.com/articles/look_younger_and_better_with_probiotics.php; http://bodyecology.com/articles/probiotics-good-bacteria-for-strong-body-mind.php; http://bodyecology.com/articles/lyme-disease-can-probiotic-bacteria-help