Food For Thought…How Your Gut Controls Your Brain

Food For Thought...How Your Gut Controls Your Brain

An increasing number of scientists are waking up to the idea of a link between the digestive system and “many” health problems including sleep.  When we lie awake at night, unable to sleep, we usually blame stress, depression, anxiety, adrenaline or the memory of something that is bothering us. But what if our guts were actually the culprit? What if the trillions of microbes sitting in our small intestines – known collectively as the microbiome or microbiota – were actually affecting our mood, digestion, overall health and ability to get a full eight hours’ shut-eye? Scientists are beginning to suspect there is a strong, if as yet unproven, link between gut health – the diversity and well being of bacteria in the stomach, small and large intestines – and sleep health. “This is an embryonic field right now in the annals of sleep research,” says Matt Walker, the author of Why We Sleep and the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. “We know an enormous amount about the relationship between a lack of sleep and appetite, obesity and weight gain, as well as aspects of insulin resistance and glucose regulation. What we don’t fully understand yet is the role of the microbiome in sleep.”
We know that sleep deprivation increases hypoxia as well as our chances of obesity and affects the way we control food intake. Lack of sleep results in a decrease in leptin, the hormone that makes us feel full, and a surge in ghrelin, which stops us feeling satisfied with the food we do eat. That means we keep eating – sometimes as much as an extra 300 calories a day. Lack of sleep also affects the parts of our brain responsible for impulse control, leaving us with very little chance of eating healthily and taking care of that gut ecosystem. Poor sleep, then, can certainly affect our sleep.

Gut Health Is Crucial For Longevity

We’ve seen first hand the benefits of Phyto-Cannabinoid Rich material and gut health. People with IBS or Cholitis can reduce their pain and symptoms with just 30mg of CBD Oil daily. While everyones dose is unique to their body, most people will see improvement in their symptoms within 2 weeks. See our video here about repair of even TUMOR NECROSIS from CBD Oil.

Here are some tips when selecting the right probiotic! Below is a list of bacterial strains that have all been proven and tested for their ability to help/heal your body:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus. This one is HUGE. Candida (total bad guy bacteria) cannot survive when this good guy comes in to save the day. It’s also proven to reduce diarrhea, cramps, and gas. It is of most importance that your probiotic supplement has acidophilus in it!
  • Lactobacillus plantarum.Supports the lining of your colon to ensure a healthy gut barrier. Shown to ease constipation and diarrhea and resistant to most antibiotics (very bad, more on that below)
  • Lactobacillus fermentum. Builds your immune system and supports the intestinal wall. Even proven to absorb cholesterol! 80% of your immune system is in your gut! Fermentum is KEY to keeping your immune system strong and healthy! 
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus. Eases diarrhea, constipation, lactose intolerance, food allergies, and builds the immune system.
  • Lactobacillus reuteri. prevents and eases diarrhea, strengthens immune resistance, alleviates symptoms of eczema. 
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum. natural inhabitant of the colon that helps control harmful bacteria, promotes healthy elimination and boosts immune system function. Very very important! This is a must!
  • Bifidobacterium longum. prevents inflammation-triggering bacteria, helps to ease diarrhea and lactose intolerance. 

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