Our gut bacteria holds a particularly important role in our brain health. There are hundreds of different bacteria living inside of our guts, and these bugs are particularly connected to our brain’s function, health and disease resistance. These microbes do it all, from reducing and regulating our immune health, inflammation, detoxing, carb metabolism, vitamin production and even neurotransmissions.
Publications have linked a variety of brain disorders with unique patterns in our gut bacteria, such as an array of bacteria that are common in Autism, and numerous studies have been conducted with positive results. There are several things you can do to improve and defend your beneficial bacteria. Below are 8 gut health tips!
Start eating fermented foods that contain probiotics
Refrain from taking antibiotics
These are primarily useless for common colds, and viral infections. Many antibiotics that are prescribed for sore throats, the sniffles, and beyond are considered broad. They typically annihilate the bad bacteria, but they also destroy the good ones, leaving your body prone to all kinds of illnesses.
Stop taking aspartame
Aspartame has been found to increase the risk of diabetes and other diseases due to the havoc they create on our microbiome. These drastic alterations have been shown to damage the gut flora. Aspartame, in comparison to other sweeteners, is very unsafe for your gut.
Think about taking supplements for probiotics
Many people struggle to ingest the recommended amount of probiotics. There are a few supplements that offer the best for probiotics. Keep an eye out for Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacterium longum and Lactobacillus acidophilus. These can keep your gut in top shape and health.
Start getting your prebiotic fiber
This fiber allows your good bacteria to grow and flourish by providing them the food they need. There are many foods that are rich in prebiotic fiber. Try adding chicory root, onions, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens and acacia gum to your diet for a huge boost to your good bacteria.
Make a change to your diet
Cut down on sugary foods that are loaded with carbs. These foods create a dangerous imbalance for your gut flora that raises the risk of diabetes, and can cause inflammation in your body. Diet changes can deliver massive benefits to your good bacteria.
Don’t eat so much gluten!
Gluten can be found in a majority of store-bought foods. Keep an eye out for ‘gluten-free’ on the label. The negative side of gluten is that it encouraged the growth of inflammation causing bacteria into your system, allowing it to quickly circle around. It causes the gut lining to become “leaky”, allowing bad bacteria to venture out into the bloodstream.
Avoid GMO products COMPLETELY
Genetically modified crops are resistant to glyphosate, an active ingredient found in many herbicides. When this active ingredient is ingested, as it often is through produce, it causes significant damages to the gut.