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Protect Bowel From Unwanted Inflammation; Good Bacteria Can Keep Your Gut Healthy

Good news from The Economic Times reinforces previous studies showing that good bacteria in your gut go a long way toward giving you a healthier immune system. Looking to explain the mechanisms by which gut microbes work to fight pathogens in your intestinal epithelium, researchers said the bottom line, take-home, message is that “a healthy microbiota is necessary” to fight infection, eliminate pathogens and boost the immune system.

Study after study is showing that the gut microbiome is an absolute game-changer when it comes to your immune system and overall health. Dozens of health conditions have been traced back to the influence of gut microbes, including obesity, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, allergies and cancer.

Basically, your gut is your second brain, with your vagus nerve being the primary route your gut bacteria use to transmit information to your brain — and establishing a direct relationship between your gut health and your physical health and mental health, both.

The connection between mental health and gut health is so strong that some have proposed probiotics may be the new Prozac. It turns out that probiotics alter brain function for the good, and the implications are particularly significant in our current era of rampant depression and emotional "malaise, making probiotic supplementation something you may want to consider if you’re suffering from depression or anxiety.

One thing I can’t emphasize enough, however, is the importance of addressing gut health with foods. One of the best strategies to ensure you have optimal good bacteria levels in your body is to consume fermented foods. The good news is you can ferment your own foods, yourself, right at home, and quite easily too. From homemade kimchi to regular fermented vegetables, fermenting isn’t difficult and the rewards are great.
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