The Good Bacteria
The word bacteria usually conjure up unsavory images of rotten foods or those animated nemesis of hygiene from soap advertisements that are to be avoided at any cost. It is naturally difficult to think of something called “good bacteria.” However, there are good bacteria that are absolutely essential in maintaining gut health which in turn ensures our overall health, well being, and happiness.
The gut has been often termed as the second brain by doctors for its ability to regulate our mood. This is because a number of chemical transmitters that regulate mood are produced here, and the gut needs healthy bacteria to function.
Not all bacteria are bad
Good bacteria are also called pro-biotic and are absolutely crucial for one’s wellbeing. Probiotics found in sauerkraut, for instance, are absolutely fundamental for the digestion process. There are trillion of these microbes in our gut and they make up a micro ecosystem called the gut micro biome. This helps in food digestion and allows us to maintain good physical and mental health.
Contemporary research establishes that gut bacteria is vital in a number of bodily functions and plays a major role in most things from fat loss and inflammation levels, and even mental health issues such as depression or anxiety.
Pro-biotic and pre-biotic
Maintaining a sufficient amount of these probiotics for a healthy gut and overall wellbeing shouldn’t be a difficult task. All it requires is a few simple tweaks to one’s diet that will allow you to load up on foods that are high in these types of good bacteria.
Prebiotics are largely fibers or complex carbohydrates that are used to fuel the growth of the pro-biotic. There is a wide variety of foods that we can choose from and incorporate into our diets such as:
- Whole grain
- Beans (kidney, pinto and white)
- Green peas
- Beans and legume