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Eat probiotics & heal your brain

By September 25, 2013 No Comments

Did you know that the Brain is often considered to be the organ responsible for mental health?

It is true that the brain acts as the initiator, receptor or facilitator of almost all everything our body does. But the fact that the brain is solely responsible may not be entirely accurate. Intestinal health or the condition of one’s gut can have far-reaching impacts on how our brain functions and thus on mental health.

Mental health is directly a result of how the brain functions.

If the brain functions normally then the likelihood of mental disorders or neurological problems goes way down, unless there is a physical condition leading to any specific problem. Recent studies and scientific experiments have concluded that brain functions or the health of the brain is related to intestinal health or the condition of the gut.   If we eat right then we can have the healthier and better functioning brain. On the other hand, if we have bad eating habits, this will negatively affect the brain and may lead to mental ailments and neurological problems.

Our brain needs the right nutrients to function properly, along with all of the nerves in our bodies. When we eat the right foods, their brain can develop and function properly. When we don’t eat the right foods or toxins start to impact the brain, the result can be mental and neurological problems.

Toxins that have a negative effect on the health of our brains are not always what we consider to be very hazardous chemicals. These can include the following:

  • Pesticides
  • Chemically processed ingredients
  • Artificial colors and preservatives
  • Various unwanted contents in medicines and drugs vaccines and foods

All of the items listed above are potent enough to cause intestinal problems. Along with this list, there are microbes. Bacteria and all kinds of microbial organisms that are all around us and inside us also impact our intestinal health. With a deteriorating gut, one not only suffers from intestinal problems but the brain doesn’t get the necessary nutrients. Instead, it is fed a lot of toxins and undesirable materials.

What should you do to heal your gut and your brain?

Probiotics are essentially good bacteria that can help our gut to heal and in turn help the brain to function better. The gut has both good and bad bacteria. While bad bacteria can be sourced from numerous avenues, good bacteria are not as readily available. Besides, the amount of good bacteria has to be big enough to have a positive effect on your intestinal health, the brain and mental health.

Here is a list of probiotic rich foods that you should include in your diet and what you need to know that it is the live bacteria in these foods that make them full of healthy gut-healing probiotics:

  • Kefir
  • Yogurt (with live cultures) *
  • Kimchi (a spicy fermented cabbage common in the Korean diet)
  • Dark chocolate (a good, high-quality chocolate)
  • Tempeh
  • Microalgae
  • Miso
  • Pickles
  • Natto (a fermented soybean)
  • Some soft cheeses (such as Gouda) contain Lactobacilli bacteria
  • Sourdough bread may also contain Lactobacilli
  • Fruits such as bananas and tomatoes
  • Vegetables like artichokes, green beans and leeks
  • Whole-grain breads
  • Honey

*Be sure that you read the labels on your food closely when shopping. Yogurt for example, should say live oractive cultures on the label. Some yogurts are pasteurized, which kills the bacteria. Yogurts with live cultures that you want to eat are added back in after the pasteurization process.

 

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