1. In our intestines, we have good bacteria that help break down our food and support our immune system.
2. Depleted good bacteria can lead to inflammation and a lack of immune function. That inflammation has also been linked to mental disorders, like depression.
3. An imbalance in gut bacteria is called dysbiosis, and can have several negative implications. Lacking good bacteria can mean the potential for overgrowth of already-present opportunistic microorganisms, such as Clostridium difficile, a decrease in production of short-chain fatty acids, and an increased susceptibility to intestinal pathogens.
4. Taking probiotic supplements introduces more good bacteria into our gut and helps to push out the harmful bacteria. About 30-50 billion cells per capsule and at least ten strains of bacteria daily is recommended for optimum gut health. (Take one capsule first thing in the morning with a glass of water, about 15-20 minutes before breakfast so the bacteria can get to your intestines before your food!)
5. Take matters into your own hands! You can also help by eating fermented foods like kimchi and drinking kombuchas. By following an allergen free diet and balancing good gut bacteria, you can impact your own mental health and gut health. You body will be saying olive you too!
Smith-Ryan AE, Antonia J. (2013) Sports Nutrition & Performance Enhancing Supplements (2013) Linus Learning.