Fermented foods provide numerous health benefits, who knew?
We are constantly learning more and more about our bodies and the different functions and interconnections of our organs. One of the most recent and important findings is the gut-brain axis connection —the connection between gut health and brain health. Eating fermented foods and living greens containing probiotics is one of the best ways to help achieve optimum gut health, which leads to better overall health, including a better functioning brain.
Have you ever had a 'gut feeling' about something?
Scientific studies have confirmed that the gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Strong emotions such as anxiety, anger, and sadness can all trigger symptoms in the gut. As it turns out, our gut is not solely an independent system responsible for digestion.
Our body is composed of more bacteria than cells!
There are trillions of bacteria in our body and they are referred to as our Human Microbiota, or our Microbiome. Most of these beneficial bacteria reside in our gut, referred to as the gut microbiota. These guys are the workers responsible for breaking down our meals into absorbable nutrients. A very important process which provides energy and structure to maintain a healthy body.
No wonder there's so many connections:
The gut lining contains some 100 million neurons, this system is called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). Tallying more neural connections than the Spinal Cord or the Peripheral Nervous System. The ENS arises from the same tissues as our Central Nervous System (CNS) during fetal development and has many structural and chemical parallels to the brain.
And no wonder scientists are now referring to our gut as the "second brain."
Why does the ENS need so many neurons? It is because eating is full of danger for the body. Like the skin, the gut must prevent potentially dangerous pathogens from entering the blood stream. The ENS neurons detect any intruders in the gut and sends alerts to the brain to rid the body of these with the bodies natural defenses.
How do we keep the gut microbiota strong, happy and healthy?
The answer lies in maintaining healthy bacteria or, Healthy Probiotics. The problem with our diets today is that we sterilize and pasteurize a good portion of the food we eat, which destroys all of the good probiotic bacteria we should be getting. Ancient cultures have long known about the benefits of eating probiotics. It's how we have lived as human beings, digesting our food to this very day. However, today food processing and preparation has changed rapidly with industrialization. Poor gut health results, an unfortunate side-effect in our lives.
Fermented Foods: A New Way to Modern Gut Health
Adding fermented foods to your diet can restore the balance in the intestinal flora, provide B Vitamins, clear your skin, and improve digestion. From kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, yogurt and more, cultures around the world have been reaping the benefits of the rich probiotics found in fermented foods. Thus, fermented foods not only provide probiotics, but the nutrients within are more bioavailable. Bioavailability by definition is the degree and rate of which the quantity or fraction of nutrients can be absorbed.
Now we know, the probiotics found in fermented foods, help to maximize nutrient absorption (bioavailability), thus helping to maximizing energy and health of the body.
A New Study has found that brain diseases such as Alzheimer's may be preventable and reversible with Fermented Foods (Probiotics):
At first thought it sounds illogical — what do fermented foods have to do with a brain disease such as Alzheimers? However, because of the strong gut-brain connection via the vagus nerve, an unhealthy gut can bombard the brain with distress signals if there are problems with the bacterial fora in the digestive system. The unhealthy gut can become inflamed with bad bacteria and this inflammation can spread to the brain. Ultimately, this extra stress on the brain and causes it to deteriorate more rapidly.
A healthy gut fortified with good bacteria from fermented foods can thwart the onslaught of brain deterioration as well age. It's pretty simple, take probiotics and improve your chances of aging more gracefully.
The Delicious, Bioavailable, Living Greens Way
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Living Greens makes it easy to add vital nutrients to your diet. Just mix with water, drink and let your cells experience the direct absorption.