How about: Is there a connection between gut health and mental health?
A basic definition of probiotics found at Wikipedia says that probiotics are defined as “live microorganisms that are believed to provide health benefits when consumed. The term probiotic is currently used to name ingested microorganisms associated with benefits for humans and animals”.
These microorganisms are widely thought to aid digestion and offer protection from harmful bacteria. So how does this process work?
Here’s a basic understanding that sheds light on the growth of harmful bacteria (found in a Google search using: good bacteria in our bodies – as keywords):
Lactobacillus acidophilus, also called L. acidophilus, resides in the intestines where it helps in the digestion of food. As part of the digestion process, L. acidophilus produces lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide, which create unfavorable conditions for the growth of harmful bacteria.
This simple statement, taken from an online article published July 3, 2017 in the Savannah Morning News - http://savannahnow.com/accent/column/2017-07-03/finish-line-be-proactive-about-probiotics - written by Davana Pilczuk offers a few general insights:
“Probiotics are simply high concentrations of that good bacteria the gut needs to perform optimally. This is important because as we age, our microbiomes change because of diet, medications, stress and health issues. Apparently even being less active can affect these little guys.”
And here is a website for an ingestible probiotic I’m considering, from “Coconut Cult: http://thecoconutcult.com/our-coconut-yogurts-2/ - take a gander at the FAQ’s tab on the home page.
With just this much as an opening sally, would anyone like to exchange thoughts, ideas, opinions concerning their personal use of probiotics? Maybe someone would like to offer comment directed at the three BOLD-ed questions listed above so that we can begin a discussion?
Let's share some thoughts and learn from each other!
PS - Hope everyone is enjoying a happy & safe 4th!