Most people would not automatically think about their gut when they think about brain health, but this is actually a perfect place to look, one that may very well hold the secret to improving your mood and mental health.
Interestingly, just as you have neurons in your brain, you also have neurons in your gut – including neurons that produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is also found in your brain. In fact, the greatest concentration of serotonin, which is involved in mood control, depression and aggression, is found in your intestines, not your brain! (Perhaps this is one reason why antidepressants, which raise serotonin levels in your brain, can sometimes be ineffective in treating depression, whereas proper dietary changes often help.)
Optimising your gut bacteria is easy:
Eat fermented foods, as these are the best route to optimal digestive health as long as you eat the traditionally made, unpasteurised versions. Healthy choices include sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar and miso soup. If you regularly eat fermented foods such as these that, again, that have not been pasteurised (pasteurisation kills the naturally occurring probiotics), your healthy gut bacteria will thrive.
Probiotic supplement. If you do not eat fermented foods, taking a high-quality probiotic supplement is definitely recommended.
Udos Choice® Super 8 Microbiotic is a powerful therapeutic formula of eight specific strains of friendly bacteria. Specially formulated for rectifying serious flora imbalance or disruption in the gut. Its the highest strength Microbiotic product available on the Irish market. Super 8 contains different strains of bacteria, which are found in both the small and large intestines, lacto in the small and bifido in the large. By including strains from both families Super 8 ensures that your entire digestive system is covered.
The bacteria in Super 8 Microbiotics is both highly potent and capable of surviving the stomach’s acidity – a fact that is both tested and guaranteed. It is the leading choice for IBS, poor digestion, post-antibiotics care, mouth ulcers and for anyone who feels they need some of the best help available in rebalancing gut flora to feel and function better. And compared to microbiotic yoghurts, rebalancing with Super 8 Microbiotics is faster, cheaper and of course, sugar-free.