Nourishing a Healthier Gut Microbiome
Great partnerships bring the best of both worlds together – they are a force stronger together than they are separate and work synergistically to complement each other.
History has given us a few brilliant examples: John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Macaroni and cheese, Batman and Robin. The newest pairing in health is just as soothing as a Beatles song, as comforting as a warm meal and as powerful as a superhero.
People have been talking about the benefits of probiotics for some time now – they increase beneficial bacteria in our gut, boost mood through enhancement of serotonin and GABA levels in the brain, and balance skin health, IBS symptoms and allergy conditions. Curcumin is the current buzzword in health circles for its strong anti-inflammatory action, antioxidant potential and brain-protectant qualities.
To pair these nutrients together is a nutritionist’s dream and here’s why:
– Probiotics and curcumin both treat inflammation and distress of the stomach and intestine in cases of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and food intolerance. An unbalanced microflora heavy in bad bacteria causes chronic inflammation in the body and probiotics work to modulate the balance of good and bad bacteria in our gastrointestinal system. Curcumin, as a powerful anti-inflammatory action also works via Cox 2 pathways to decrease chronic inflammation and soothe sensitive intestinal lining.
– Probiotics and curcumin are both important nutrients to add to your travel regime. Curcumin works to stop pathogens like E Coli and Salmonella from adhering to the lining of the stomach wall – in short, this nutrient stops gastro-causing bacteria from making a home in your gut and prevents stomach bugs from taking hold. Probiotics, particularly the S.Boulardii strain, also work to protect from traveler’s diarrhea, allowing your holiday to be a relaxed and refreshing time away.
– Probiotics and curcumin both benefit the brain and protect against stress, anxiety and depression. Studies show that taking a broad-spectrum probiotic for 4 weeks reduced participant’s negative thoughts and lessened incidence of sadness. Curcumin also works to boost serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, decreasing anxiety and balancing mood.
So, to boost gut health, relieve stress, support brain health and decrease inflammation, this duo is hard to beat. Ben and Jerry, Sonny and Cher, Bacon and eggs, Probiotics and Curcumin – somethings are simply better together!