Not All Bacteria In Your Body Are Bad. Some of Them Are Keeping You Alive and Thriving. Here’s How.
Bacteria: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
With that said, by no means are all bacteria “bad.” In fact, some of them are crucial members of our own organisms, playing essential parts in keeping us alive and healthy. These “good” bacteria, also known as probiotics, live primarily in our gut. From the moment we are born, these probiotics make our organisms their home, and they take home maintenance seriously: probiotics aid our digestive process, keep our immune systems going, and even ensure that important neurological functions occur. Let’s dive a little deeper.
A Closer Look at Your Microbiome
As more research is done into the microbiome, it is becoming increasingly probable that these gut bacteria play a much larger role in our overall well-being than we initially thought. Gut bacteria have been shown to respond to the same neurochemicals as the brain, including dopamine, serotonin, melatonin, and acetylcholine. New research shows links between gut bacteria and the central nervous system: inflammation in the gut microbiome has been linked to a variety of neurological afflictions in animals, including anxiety, depression, and even Parkinson’s disease. There’s plenty left to learn about the role that our microbiota play in our holistic health, but one thing is for certain: maintaining good gut health is an important part of achieving holistic long-term wellness.
How to Keep It Thriving
I will never forget what one of my patients said to me many years ago. She said starting in early November you just “press go” meaning, it’s a big push from Thanksgiving planning on through New Years. For some of us, this is a wonderful time. From the moment we press...
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