How Gut Bacteria Effects Your Mood and Health (Part 1/3)

In this video I discuss how gut bacteria effects your mood and health. The video in Part 2 talks about how to get good bacteria including probiotics and fermented foods.

Importance of Gut Bacteria

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It is very important to take care of your Gut bacteria (or gut flora) because they are responsible for your immunity as well as much of your brain’s psychological function. Probiotics or Fermented foods are my favorite health recommendation because it is the most potent way to improve your physical, emotional, and psychological health. And we have 10 times more bacteria, then we do cells in our body.

Gut Bacteria is important for so much of your overall health. Poor gut bacteria has been linked to so many aspects of your physical health including function of your immune system, obesity, arthritis, cholesterol, indigestion, fatigue, plaque in your teeth, diabetes, irritable bowel disease and more.

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Mentally it has been linked to depression, anxiety, and has been proven to help with many mental or psychological issues such as ADD, schizophrenia, autism, let by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, with her GAPS diet, (www.gaps.me) which stands for gut and psychology syndrome. (See video in part 3)

second-brainHow Gut Bacteria Effects your mood

Your gut literally serves as your second brain, and even produces 95% of the serotonin in your body, far more than your brain does. This is known to have a beneficial influence on your mood. There is even research calling Probiotics (supplements of gut bacteria) the new all natural Prozac.

They can also help rid your body of a wide variety of toxins, including heavy metals. It also helps reduce cravings of sugar, alcohol, and other addictions because it’s removing the parasites that make you want those. They also helps to fight parasite or fungal infections. And allows for a balanced metabolism allowing you to lose weight.

Many fermented foods also provide Vitamin K, which helps with bone density and aids Vitamin D and your immunity.

It is important to provide good bacteria through supplements or fermented foods (Discussed in Part 2) but also not to kill your existing gut bacteria.

What kills Gut Bacteria?

- Chlorinated water (and fluoride in water) from your tap water – don’t drink it or shower in it. The best option is a filter for your whole home, if not one for your shower and one at the sink for drinking. See my blogs on that.

- Antibiotics – Taking these kills all the bacteria in your body.

  • This includes antibiotics in conventional meats like beef and chicken. – Eat grass fed beef or free range chicken instead.
  • Including avoiding conventional fruits and vegetables because of pesticides sprayed on them.
  • Includes eating GMO foods because they leave these pesticides in your body, continuing to kill your gut bacteria over time.

- Anti-bacterial soap, even just using it on your hands. This is because of an ingredient in the soap called Triclosan, which gets into your blood stream and should be avoided completely.

- Stress – Living a high stress lifestyle kills your gut bacteria, lowering your immunity leaving you open to getting sick and creating more stress. I recommend Meditation to avoid a large percentage of this.

- Birth control pills as well as steroidal or hormonal drugs.

- Carbonated drinks

- Processed foods and the additives / preservatives in processed foods.

- Alcohol

- Radiation – chemotherapy, x-rays and microwaves. (See my video on EMF’s and your microwave here.)

- Ascorbic acid – Found in vitamin supplements, fruit juices (apple and orange juice) and bottled tea drinks,. Read ingredient labels carefully to avoid this. Check your vitamin supplements for the presence of ascorbic acid.

It is also important to note that Sugar and sweets feed your bad gut bacteria, along with fungus, parasites, and cancer cells.

Click here for Part 2 of my video, discussing options for adding good bacteria into your body, including recommended Probiotics and Fermented Foods.

Disclaimer

By utilizing the information presented on this site, you agree to and understand that author, Bill Farr is not a doctor or any other type of certified health care professional, and his opinion is not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or your other health care providers concerning your symptoms and medical requirements before following any of the remedies or other suggestions he offers. His opinion is based on his own research and is to be used for educational purposes only. Bill Farr’s wellness plans and advice are meant to be used in conjunction with standard allopathic or osteopathic medical treatment and care.

– Autism diet with Donna Gates and Dr. Campbell-McBride- www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLP0Ijo2CK4

– Gut is your second brain and explaination of GAPS – articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/04/16/bacteria-on-gut-flora-causes-ocd.aspx

– Fat absorption, gut as a second brain and fermented foods-articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/10/01/gut-bacteria-on-fat-absorption.aspx

– In this video an practitioner/trainer of GAPS, talks about the benefits of fermented food and the importance of the GAPS diet. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnbtmqO204Q

– Dr. Amen speaking on how they help your brain – www.amenclinics.com/?p=6831&option=com_wordpress&Itemid=204

– 11 things that destroy gut bacteria -www.naturalnews.com/040353_friendly_bacteria_foods_gut_health.html

– Full explanation of GAPS – articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/18/mcbride-and-barringer-interview.aspx?np=true

– Gut flora and immunity – articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/05/12/dr-campbell-mcbride-on-gaps.aspx

– What gut bacteria is and how they decide if your sick or well: http://science.time.com/2012/08/27/how-gut-bugs-make-you-sick-or-well/

– Gut bacteria and brain function – healthimpactnews.com/2013/study-your-gut-bacteria-affects-your-brain-function/

– Dr. Mcbride talking about food being the best medicine – www.youtube.com/watch?v=cONYR7vAD-A

– Other psychological effects in children including autism – www.healthhomehappy.com/2010/11/the-gut-brain-connection-autism-add-allergies-and-other-diseases.html

– Probiotics can change brain activity – www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/probiotics-change-brain-activity-emotional-response

– The second brain of your gut and your mood – www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=gut-second-brain