A new probiotic perspective on neuroscience is emerging, which places a strong emphasis on the statement: ‘you are what you eat.’
As John Cryan describes in the video below, the bacteria in your gut are far more important for your mental health than you may realize!
Why Do We Need Probiotics?
Your body is not just your temple – it is also home to trillions of bacteria, most of which are vital to our health and well-being!
The majority of these bacteria reside in our guts, as that is where they get a steady supply of nutrients from the food we eat.
Science is becoming aware that we are not feeding ourselves in the way we think. Instead, we are feeding these bacteria in our gut, which release by-products in the form of fats and acids. Not only are these by-products readily absorbed by our bodies, but they also contain a wealth of nutrients, antioxidants, trace minerals, and healthy fats that replenish our bodily reserves.
For example, it was discovered that more serotonin and melatonin get manufactured in our guts than in our brains!
In this respect, our gut microbiome ought to be viewed as our selective laboratory, whereby probiotic bacteria produce some of the best foods and medicines for us to enjoy.
The only problem, however, is that most people do not consume enough genuinely probiotic foods to maintain a healthy gut. The probiotic foods available are made using heat and pressure, resulting in sterile products that lack the bacteria that we need to keep our intestines sufficiently populated.
This results in anxiety, depression, a weakened immune system, increased pain perception, and could be one of the underlying reasons for the rampant disease and malnutrition conditions we see today.
Furthermore, many eat diets that do not promote these bacteria to flourish, yielding gut inflammation, and an unbalanced pH – a favorable environment for pathogenic bacteria!
For these reasons and more, it is vital to replenish the bacteria in our guts.
7 Brain Health Benefits of Psychobiotics
Without our gut microbiome, it is suspected that many bodily systems (including the brain) would not function nearly half as well!
Let’s take a look at how probiotics benefit mental health and boost brainpower.
3 Ways To Improve Gut & Brain Health Using Probiotics
Here are a few quick ways to boost your gut health and increase your brain power!
Cultured Milk Products
Cultured milk products are also great for brain health, and they have a long history of aiding those with lactose intolerance to be able to digest lactose.
Leaving milk aside in a jar for a week and straining the contents will result in having your own liquid whey as well as delicious probiotic cream cheese!
One can also experiment with different starter cultures in their milk and attempt to make kefir or other yogurt products.
For more information on probiotics and the art of cheese making, here is a great guide that covers all the basics.
You can also experiment by brewing your own kombucha tea, which is extremely delicious and contains all the benefits of drinking green tea (of which there are many!).
This involves brewing a batch of green tea with quite a bit of sugar. When the tea is room temperature, add a SCOBY (a kombucha starter culture) or two, cover the jar in a cloth and wait 7-10 days to strain (21 days in cold weather). The result is a tasty semi-fizzy drink that is rich in probiotic by-products!