By Karin Krisher
These days, going with your gut means more than just following your intuition, although that part’s still relevant. With the ever-emerging understanding of those things that make your tummy grumble like lactose intolerance, we’ve been able to embrace the idea that the gut can have a huge effect on overall health—including a significant one on neurological wellbeing. Recently, probiotics are a health news topic of choice, and we couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon for this one. Here, we tell you why probiotic support might be just what the doctor ordered.
The gut is the most biologically active area of the body. That’s not to say the gut works harder than the brain, only that the bacteria and microorganisms which reside in the gut are more plentiful than in any other area—and more active. Zooming outward, you could view your gut as a living thing all its own, that needs specific attention and care. Probiotics, either in food cultures or in supplement form, can provide that support.
The New York Times summarized a large scale study and report on probiotic use, concluding from the evidence that ,in general, probiotics support microbial balance, even that affected by antibiotics. Intuitively, that makes sense: Pro plus Anti equals balance.
But now, new information tells us what might not be so intuitive—even red wine may act as a probiotic delivery system. Fermented foods like yogurt have long been touted for their probiotic content, but wine’s relatively novel, and while the Times is quick to caution us that no doctor would recommend alcohol solely for its potential digestive supportive properties, we’re inclined to use it as an excuse to take a sip here or there.
Or, we could just try our Mega Probiotic. Two products in the FoodScience line, Mega Probiotic ND (this stands for non dairy folks—a huge benefit to any vegetarian or lactose-intolerant consumer), and Mega Probiotic Chewable with Digestive Enzymes, are designed to feature multiple strands of beneficial bacteria for overall digestive support and the support of gastrointestinal comfort.* Combining probiotics with digestive enzymes supports nutrient absorption and utilization.*
Next time you’re feeling a little foggy, down in the dumps, or just generally “off,” look no further than your gut. What’s going on in your mind is so affected by microbial balance that the thread is often referred to as “the gut/brain connection.” So instead of delving into the mystery of your current mental state, think about what you ate last night.
As Scrooge professed to the vision of his dead business partner, “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”
And he was probably right.