Autism–>Subtle Depression, Gut Flora, The Importance Of Probiotics: These are notes I have taken from sources about topics that interest me, and/or that have tremendously helped me along This Beautiful Journey called LIFE!!! … Many people ask me about all these things, and I decided to create a section where I post all this information. Hope you will also find it interesting and helpful… Please scroll down and click on the reference(s) for the complete information on this topic.

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Subtle Depression, Gut Flora, The Importance Of Probiotics


Probiotics Alter Brain Function in Adults

Research has been conducted on adults with promising results:

  • women who regularly ate yogurt containing beneficial bacteria–> improved brain function
    • decreased activity in brain regions that control central processing of emotion and sensation:
      • Insular cortex (insula)–> functions linked to the regulation of our body’s homeostasis, and to our emotions (perception, motor control, self-awareness, cognitive functioning, and interpersonal experience)
      • Somatosensory cortex–> linked to our body’s ability to interpret a wide variety of sensations

Beware Of Commercial Yogurt Preparations

  • notoriously unhealthy–> loaded with artificial sweeteners, colors, flavorings, and sugar
  • have clinically insignificant levels of beneficial bacteria
  • best to make our own yogurt from raw milk—especially if wanting to address depression through dietary interventions

About Depression

  • some signs aren’t widely known
  • some signs may be counterintuitive

Subtle Signs Of Depression

Aggression or hostility Irritability
Withdrawing from loved ones           Extreme fatigue (mental and physical)
Seeking out an affair Lashing out or being very short-tempered
Perfectionism Inability to concentrate
Extreme guilt Self-medicating with alcohol, cigarettes, food, or other addictions

About Our Gut Bacteria

  • vulnerable to our diet and lifestyle
  • can be harmed by:
    • antibiotics (if absolutely necessary to take them, supplement with fermented foods and/or probiotics)
    • conventionally raised meats and other animal products
    • genetically engineered grains
    • processed foods
    • chlorinated and/or fluoridated water (especially in a hot shower)
    • antibacterial soap
    • agricultural chemicals

How to Help Your Gut Flora Flourish

  • avoid the harmful aspects above
  • reseed it with beneficial bacteria to
    • maintain proper balance
    • achieve optimal physical and mental health

Recommendations For Optimizing Our Gut Bacteria

  • fermented foods
    • traditionally made, unpasteurized
    • best route to optimal digestive health
    • healthy choices include:
      • lassi (Indian yogurt drink, before dinner)
      • fermented grass-fed organic milk such as kefir
      • pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash, and carrots
      • natto (fermented soy)
  • fermented vegetables
    • excellent way to supply beneficial bacteria back into our gut
    • can be great source of vitamin K2
  • probiotic supplement (the majority of our nutrients needs to come from food, but good to take them if you don’t eat fermented foods on a regular basis





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