Probiotics For the Body and Mind
Did you know that the bacteria living in your gut can affect your whole body? They manage the good functioning of the immune system, they make vitamins and they break fiber into short-chain fatty acids. Gut microbes can not only influence your digestion, they also affect your metabolism and even your mind. Scientists agree that we know very little about this unique ecosystem you have in your belly called the microbiota. Probiotics are known to be the “healthy bacteria”, since they assist us in many ways in our bodies. The trend is now to eat food rich in probiotics, promising us a healthier and longer life. There are thousands of books and YouTube videos covering the subject, telling us which diet to choose if we want an ideal bacterial health.
At the moment, many scientists are investigating how our bacterial ecosystem influences the way we feel and think. There is now evidence that links the activity our gut bacteria could have on diseases like depression, anxiety, autism and more. Scientists say that the connection between our brain and our gut is bigger than we thought. Studies in autistic mice revealed that it is possible to improve their behaviour, just by adjusting their gut bacteria with an implant from another subject. Some animal lab studies have also shown the link between our gut microbes and anxiety. They found that certain strains of probiotics (Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium) were able to reduce anxiety in mice, while other microbes appeared to raise their anxious behaviors. Human gut bacteria from anxious individuals have also been transferred to germ-free mice, making the animals more anxious like their donors. Scientists are not sure how the gut bacteria influences our brain. They know that they are able to produce neurotransmitters that play a role in our mood. Bacteria can even activate the communication between the gut and the brain. Some scientists believe that one day, we will treat psychiatric disorders with bacterial therapy, instead of Valium or Prozac. This would mean fewer side effects and positive outcomes on other aspects of our lives.
At OmDetox, we promote a diet that has been shown scientifically to greatly improve gut health, the whole food plant-based diet (WFPBD). Why is it the best diet? The WFPBD is rich in prebiotics. That means that it contains what probiotics like to eat, fiber. Lots of it! Studies show that eating healthy carbohydrates (from a WFPBD) increases levels of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, and lowers the stress hormone Cortisol. Patients focus more on the positive rather than the negative, making those results similar to those obtained in studies where the patients took anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication. This shows the effectiveness of probiotic supplements on our mental health.
What are probiotics good for?
- Poor digestion
- Weight management
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Intestinal gas
- Yeast infections
- Mood swings
- Low immunity
- Candida overgrowth
- Food allergies
When should you take probiotics?
Supplementing in probiotics daily is a great way to reach optimal health. Different strains of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus are recommended. Probiotics should be taken once or twice daily, preferably on an empty stomach. OmDetox probiotic formula contains seven different strains of healthy bacteria to restore the natural balance of your gut. Our capsules contain no dairy, gluten, nuts, crustacean or soy, and we do not use any flow agents.
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
The leaky gut syndrome is a disorder in which people’s intestinal wall cells have become leaky, because of inflammation. The cells of the gut present abnormal spaces between each other, allowing toxic material to enter the bloodstream and make you sick. Usually, toxins are eliminated in the gut, but not with a leaky gut. Undigested protein and fat, bacteria, parasites and other toxins can now get through the leaky membrane of the gut and infiltrate the bloodstream. The immune system does not recognize these substances so they are treated as invaders; the immune system produces antibodies to protect itself from elements that might not have been dangerous in the first place. This causes the inflammation and the pain. Leaky gut can lead to chronic inflammation in the bowels, in the joints and even in the brain.
People with a history of parasitic infections or candida overgrowth seem to have high risks of having to deal with a leaky gut. Drug abuse and alcoholism, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac and Crohn’s disease are other common causes of leaky gut. It is the inflammation that triggers it and makes the spaces between the cells larger than they should be. Avoiding food that triggers the inflammation might be the key.
What Are the Symptoms of a Leaky Gut?
- Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain
- Food intolerance
- Sensitivity to cigarette smoke, perfume and other chemicals
- Asthma and allergies
- Extreme fatigue
- Mood disorders
- Skin problems
How Can you Heal Leaky Gut?
Watching what you eat is the first step towards healing. Avoiding all the food that triggers the inflammation is important if you want to treat the cause of your problem, rather than just your symptoms. Try an elimination diet; Eat simple meals and note your reactions. You will be able to avoid the ingredients that are causing your symptoms. Common foods that create inflammation in people are dairy products, gluten, industrial sugars, meats and processed products. A good detox program will also help get rid of unwanted guests like parasites and worms. Bentonite clay is a powerful absorbent that can transport the toxins produced by bacteria out of the digestive track. Once the bowels are clean, you can support the healing process with wheatgrass and organic vegetable juices along with a whole food plant-based diet. Probiotics must be taken in order to restore your microbiota. Different strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are recommended. The amino-acid Glutamine is also known to be effective at reversing the damage caused by leaky gut. It is used by the body for repair and healing. OmDetox takes care of your gut and offers the 7 Day Detox & Colon Cleanse, your first step towards complete healing.