Gut bacteria produce neurochemicals that circulate through our bloodstream (continued).
Microbes exist in an interactive environment.
Lyte calls the environment that probiotics enter “interactive.” An interactive environment means that several systems in the body are all affected at once. This means that gut bacteria have an influence beyond the gastrointestinal system. He proposes that bacteria participate in the regulation of the hormonal system, the immune system, and the nervous system.
Dr. Gregor Reid, from the University of Western Ontario, commented on Lyte’s research. He said that while the idea seems “almost surreal”, Lyte supports the concept with studies to back up the claim.
Microbes both synthesize and respond to neurochemicals. And this affects the both the immune system and the brain, including psychology. Dr. Reid adds that many of the probiotic strains that we already eat in traditionally fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kefir, kimchee, and yogurt, are producing neurochemicals.
What does this mean about the fermented foods that I already eat?
Keep eating them! Both modern science and traditional medicine value the health-promoting benefits of fermented foods. As much as possible, and with every meal, include either a fermented food or a fermented beverage.
Body Ecology makes fermented foods and vegetables easy.
Making fermented veggies is easy with the Culture Starter. If you don’t have time to make coconut water or milk kefir, start with a few ounces a day of InnergyBiotic, a probiotic beverage that will change the way you think and the way you feel!
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