…but why do probiotics help with anxiety?

If you suffer anxiety, panic attacks, or like me get emotionally baffled to the point of feeling angry or despondent, then you probably don’t care to hear any quack ideas that claim to help moods.  It is enough to feel anxiety without testing every mambo jambo happiness solution.

Curing anxiety is paradoxical in itself. Hipoccrates said “Before you heal someone, ask him if he’s willing to give up the things that make him sick?”, and a truer word cannot be quoted when it comes to feeling well. Facing anxiety is a reality check.

Eating well is a borderline cliche when it comes to why you are anxious and you can measure your resistance to changing your diet as a measure of denial that it can be so obvious, but why? What will make a difference to what I eat? Changing your diet is a tough thing to do!

Sometimes we might believe we are eating well, and perhaps in context of providing for your family or relative to your budget

. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and knowing exactly what the root cause of anything is, depends on your comprehension of the influences of what you eat.

There have been many recent studies connecting the body’s gut microbiome to common and chronic illnesses. The results, thereof, have been providing enlightening information that reinforces the fact that we are hosts to trillions of live bacteria strains that serve our immune system, body function and even brain responses. This might be a lot to take in at first but once you free your mind to the fact that you are the owner of those trillions of bacteria; and that if you don’t feed them, other less beneficial or completely pathogenic bacteria might find home there instead!

Kefir is a fermented drink that is a natural probiotic and which tastes delicious, like yogurt tastes delicious, but it has a uniquely diverse number of healthy bacteria including Lactobacillus (L.) rhamnosus, which this study found was mostly responsible for the relief of anxiety, out of the 20+ active bacteria found in kefir. Introducing this and the other healthy bacteria goes a long way towards balancing your core workforce of trillions to do work they were created for. It is important to feed these bacteria as well.

That is only half the story though, and this is where any of us might be missing the game changer of using probiotics to help you feel great. These trillions of good bacteria need to be fed and you may be surprised to know that it is the bacteria that eats the fibre in our diet, not us. In fact, fibre, non-

soluble or otherwise, cannot be digested by the human body, it is food for your microbiome. Make sure to add pre-biotics to you diet daily.

If you have ever missed a meal and become ‘h-angry’ then you can relate to the emotion and anxiety that comes with being hungry and the anxiety that comes with the regret after you satisfy your body’s need and realise the simplicity of the solution; a meal.

The same applies to your microbiome; you might be eating well but if you are not eating fibre rich foods including fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds to name as many as can fit into this sentence, then you are starving your healthy gut bacteria and the anxiety you feel might be the h-anger within.

Get your dose of milk or delicious fizzy water kefir from NuMeSA for an energising cup of uplifting helpers direct to your gut microbiome. Research confirms it may take 3 weeks, while drinking of as little as 40ml of kefir before you can recognise the difference but then, suffering anxiety steals a lot more of your valuable time with no good results.

At NuMeSa we believe in a healthy tummy, happy life!

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