I Have a Gut Feeling
Timothy Lee, Waterloo Qualicare Franchise owner, discusses the importance of not ignoring our “gut feelings.”
Our pastor is known for his one-liners, one of which is “Have you ever had a quiver in your live?”
If you have, well it could be more than you bargained for if you listen to the latest research of San Diego scientists who are studying the impact of probiotic bacteria on your health.
In case you’ve been living in a cave and haven’t heard of probiotics, they are a family of good-for-you bacteria that live in your digestive tract. Most yogurts with live bacteria tout their beneficial Probiotic levels and jockey against each other to sound healthier.
And if you get confused between Pre-biotics and Pro-biotics, don’t worry, that’s normal. Pro-biotics are the actual bacteria themselves. Pre-biotics are the precursor building blocks that encourage the growth of Probiotics. Are you confused yet?
If so, let’s get back to those California scientists. They are finding that there may be a link to the health of this bacterial colony and your emotional health. This brings credibility that your guy feelings may be more than intuition. You may be listening to millions of voices emanating from your tummy.
Some interesting facts that you may not know include:
- You have thousands of species of single cell organisms in your guy – this is good.
- The combined weight of all those bacteria is about 3 pounds – equivalent to the weight of your brain.
- All this bacteria impacts our serotonin levels – serotonin is naturally-produced hormones your brain uses to regulate your emotional mood.
While most Probiotic studies have focused on digestive health, this is the first one I’ve heard of that looks into mental health. If this research proves accurate, the implication is eating more yogurt is both good for your body AND good for your mood.