Bugs are Key to Health
by Michael Ventresca
There is something of a revolution taking place. This revolution may not only change your day to day health, but possibly change modern medicine’s approach to relieving suffering. This revolution is all about bugs, or your microbiome, the collection of nearly a hundred trillion microbes, that cover you, both inside and out.
Decades ago, you probably thought of bacteria as a bad thing. Bacteria meant spoiled food or an infection. More recently, we’ve been hearing of the many benefits of good bacteria, probiotics, that nourish our immune system and keep our digestive system humming along.
But now, new research says this collection of microbes needs to be taken even more seriously than we ever thought. In fact, according to neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, the microbiome should be thought of not as a collection of microscopic bugs, but as a distinct organ system, possessing two-way communication with the brain. For example, we now know gut bacteria is not only regulating muscles, immune cells and hormones, it’s also making 80-90% of the feel good “brain” chemical serotonin. That’s right! The vast majority of the brain chemical serotonin is made by the bugs in your gut.
The inescapable truth is our modern lifestyle wages a daily battle against the microbiome subjecting it to hazardous conditions having a direct impact on brain function, immune function and so much more. It’s not just about an upset stomach, a wounded microbiome could mean an “upset brain.”
With this is mind, Garden of Life has partnered with Dr. Perlmutter to introduce Dr. Formulated Probiotics, the only probiotic supplement to offer bacteria clinically studied and designed to support a healthy microbiome. The new formulas include Mood+, Prostate+ and Urinary Tract among others. Please stop in to Vital Choice Health Store to discuss how to find the right formula for you.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have concerns about your own health, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.