Why Should You Take Probiotics and Its Benefits
There’s a lot of buzz around probiotics and we frequently get questions about why taking probiotics will help your health and how to take it. Probiotics are “good” bacteria that promote a healthy gut and boost the immune system.
Our gastrointestinal (GI) system, or gut, plays a crucial role in our health at every level. It’s actually part of our brain, making neurotransmitters such as serotonin- in fact, most of that’s made in our gut. Our gut is also part of our immune system, protecting our body against foreign microorganisms, whether they are bacteria or virus. We don’t live in a sterile world, so our GI tract is actually filled with microorganisms.
We have more of them there than we have cells in our entire body. In other words, our belly is a community. Are the neighbours getting along? Or do we have an imbalance where the bad flora, like yeast and unhealthy bacteria, are crowding out the good flora?
The best way to make sure we have got enough good flora is to eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and collard greens because the fibre in them serves as a breeding ground for the good bacteria in our gut. We also want to take probiotics—the good bacteria—to enter in our GI system and flourish there. You can buy probiotics supplement online. Good quality probiotic should be packed with beneficial microorganisms that support digestion.
If you have frequent yeast infections in your vagina or your mouth or both, there are probiotic supplements with bacteria that are especially good for clearing them up. Getting the sugar out of your diet will help too. A recent study showed that a cup a day of Activia yogurt, which has a relatively small number of beneficial bacteria in it and far too much sugar, in my opinion, can boost a woman’s mood because of the relationship between gut health and the brain.
If a little bit of sugary yoghurt can do so much, imagine what high-quality probiotic sources can do. And you can support all those beneficial microorganisms (also known collectively as the microbiome) by eating your cabbage, greens, broccoli, and so on. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the idea of changing your entire diet, but you can significantly change your gut flora balance by changing what you eat in as little as 24 hours!’
Eating too many grains and sugars throw off the balance in your gut flora as yeast grows and good bacteria die off. You develop leaky gut syndrome and inflammation and oxidative stress, as I explained, and serotonin levels drop. You start craving sugars, and once you give in to those cravings, you make the situation worse. So while taking the probiotics is good, it’s not a panacea. You have to cut out the sugars too.
If you’ve cut the sugars and the grain but your GI system is still off, it could simply be that you’re not drinking enough water or you’re eating too little fibre, or you ate something that doesn’t agree with you. The problem could also be emotional. Remember, the gut makes more neurotransmitters than the brain does, so it’s constantly talking to us! Pay attention to the subtle signs from your gut, because it responds to both food and feelings.
If you’re anxious, angry, or depressed, you might have bowel movements that are too loose or too firm, or your intestines will cramp. Energetically, your digestive system is associated with your third chakra and issues related to personal power, self-worth, self-esteem, self-confidence, and feelings of responsibility. When you’re nervous or insecure, afraid of being shamed for being yourself, feeling overly responsible for everything and everybody, your gut may respond by becoming agitated.
We say “listen to your gut instincts” and “I just can’t stomach that situation” because on some level we sense the brain-gut connection—and scientists are now realizing it is stronger than we ever knew. Don’t neglect your gut! Take your probiotics, and if you’re having some digestive troubles, take an enzyme with your meal. For example, if you’re going to enjoy an organic rice-and-beans dish, an enzyme supplement will help prevent excess gas.
Why Taking Probiotics for Happy Gut and Happy Body
If you’re unhappy with the shape of your belly, know that cutting out the wheat will reduce it, but whatever your belly looks like, you can make it happy. Balance your gut flora. Nourish yourself with good foods and clear out the junk, including the shame, perfectionism, and emotional stress that are affecting you.
Let’s make it a happy belly, one you’re comfortable with, one that isn’t holding on to toxins buried in fat and creating a body shape that makes you prone to diseases like diabetes. Show love to your belly as you heal your gut. You might even take a belly-dancing class and get back in touch with this part of your body. Belly dancing, like any sensual dancing, makes it easier to reconnect with your beautiful, divine, ageless inner goddess.
Give up the goal of achieving what our culture calls a “perfect” or “ideal” body shape. Only about 1 %t of women have that shape at any age. Besides, what is culturally idealized varies from decade to decade. It’s time to simply accept that and get on with it. Embrace the changes that arise in your body, and think about what they’re alerting you to. Do you need to make changes in your life? Have you learned to love yourself fully and embrace the physical manifestations that are your belly, your breasts, your face, your arms, your bottom, head, and feet?
Pay loving attention to your body and nourish it. Trust your appetite and your body’s desire to settle into a particular weight and shape when you’re eating healthfully.
Delight is a crucial ingredient in agelessness. Ignore the food police. Be a laughing Buddha with happiness in your belly. And indulge your appetite for the pleasures of food shared with good company or eaten alone, in peaceful contemplation of the fruits of the earth.