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Feeding the Second Brain

Is there is an interconnection between the gastrointestinal tract and our brain? I believe we should consume probiotics and prebiotics in tandem to give your gut the best health.

I’ve often heard the gut being referred to as the “second brain” and from what I understand there certainly can be an interconnection between the gastrointestinal tract to our brain.

Ever felt sluggish? or brain-tired?

Try consuming a power house of prebiotics with probiotic, it just may make a difference. Nothing ventured - nothing gained!!

Prebiotics foods are not fermented but they are foods high in dietary fiber. Prebiotics foods such as raw or cooked onions, raw or cooked garlic, leeks, celery, asparagus, apples, bananas, oatmeal and so much more are beneficial sources of essential dietary fiber. Food that can, I believe make a difference to your overall self being.

Btw I'm just a food blogger who loves All Things Food- someone who appreciates the tasty benefits that food brings to feed our gut. I'm sharing my thoughts and view to anyone who is interested.

These Prebiotic foods travel to the lower digestive tract because they are plant fibers, to

become a source of beneficial bacteria in the gut. These foods have one big thing in common they have compounds that can strengthen and increase the GOOD bacteria and aid in warding off pathogens the intestinal tract. Therefore it is essential for prebiotics to promote helpful bacteria to work tandem with the probiotics. By incorporating prebiotics and probiotics simultaneously i believe the gut becomes far more stronger and healthier, think super-boost. I believe it's just common sense.

Probiotic foods contain live bacteria and yeasts that are beneficial to the digestive system to help keep our gut healthy.

There is a simple way to your daily dosages of healthy bacteria through probiotics and that’s through fermented foods. It’s that simple! Fermented foods have been around for centuries and it's no big secret that most fermented foods offer a host of beneficial enzymes, vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids they are all essential bacteria for our gut. Foods such as: yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, miso soup that’s fermented soy paste, tempeh that’s fermented soybeans, kimchi, sourdough bread and cheese such as gouda and not all soft cheeses are equal, sweet acidophilus milk, buttermilk, fermented pickles the list is endless.

It's really quite strange as I was growing up there was always plenty of homemade plain yogurt, I took it for granted but now i’ve come to realize the importance of maintaining healthy gut. The way I see it probiotics can help fight back on inflammation and the harmful organisms that are known to compromise gut health. With nothing to lose but to at least feel as good as I can - in a way that I can. I try and incorporate as much as I can-when i can. My 10 cents worth, when food can be this tasty why bother with supplements.

Here’s another staple favorite of mine: unfiltered apple cider vinegar its fermented and contains the ‘mother, that is full of enzymes and good bacteria. For instance If i consume fried food I add a 1 tsp of vinegar in a tall glass of water and sip. For a quick salad dressing I add extra virgin oil and sprinkle of herbs fresh or dried.


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