Time to Consider Your Gut Health
If you find yourself easily stressed out or getting anxious more frequently than usual, then you probably aren’t enjoying life as much as you would like. And if that’s the case, then it’s highly likely that the connection between the gut and the brain could be contributing to this.
When the brain is troubled, it tells the gut, and vice versa. When the gut is unhealthy, it lets the brain know, triggering mood and emotional changes. Knowing this is true the question becomes: what can we do about it?
The Friendly Bifidobacterium
You may have already heard about Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium as the best probiotic species for your body.
In fact, many people get their daily dose of probiotics from foods like kefir, kimchi, yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, and miso, to name a few. The combination of these good bacteria species in your gut will definitely improve the gut flora as well as boost the immunity of the body.
Lactobacillus is a warrior on its own, but some people can be sensitive to it. So, there’s Bifidobacterium to the rescue!
Bifidobacteria is the gentler of the two species and it’s known to be a “friendly bug” for two reasons:
The first is that bifidobacteria is the predominant bacteria in the human gut. Their numbers are in trillions compared to lactic acid bacteria which only compose 1% of the gut microbiome population.
The other reason is that we are all born with bifidobacteria. You’d be surprised to know that this bacteria strain makes up 60% of the infant gut flora.
And if a baby is born through vaginal delivery, the more bifidobacteria they have in their tummies. What we can get from these reasons is that the bifidobacteria are well-adapted to the human gut and that familiarity is what makes it easier on the intestine and the GI tract.
Possible Sensitivities to Certain Probiotics
However, one other reason people do better on bifidobacterium rather than lactobacillus species has to do with amines.
Lactobacillus species contain biogenic amines. The most common ones are histamine, tryptamine, tyramine, and phenylethylamine. The problem with amines is it can overstimulate the central nervous system, which results in an abnormal flow of blood to and from the brain. As a result, people who are sensitive to amines experience headaches and other symptoms.
If this sounds like you, a probiotic without Lactobacillus may be better for you. That’s why we created a bifido only probiotic: Bifidus Mood Boost; it’s created only with Bifidobacterium species plus our prebiotic GOS.
Additionally, if you’re sensitive to it amines, eating probiotic-rich foods may increase histamine levels in the body. Why? Because probiotic foods contain bifidobacterium AND lactobacillus species.
When histamine levels increase, the blood vessels dilate. This makes the blood vessels more permeable, meaning the immune cells can’t really get to where they’re going to fight off harmful pathogens. The result? Swelling and redness in the affected area as well as the onset of allergy symptoms.
Unfortunately, there are lactic acid bacteria strains that can stimulate the production of more histamine, such as Lactobacillus buchneri, Lactobacillus hilgardii, and Streptococcus, so you might want to avoid those.
Slow and Steady Wins
While most people will enjoy the benefits of bifidobactera probiotics without a hitch, there are still those who will be sensitive to it at first. Yes! Sensitive to the one that is for sensitive people!
Issues at first are likely due to the body still adjusting to the new probiotic bacteria, which your body was not used to having. This can sometimes lead to stomach discomfort like gas, or bloating.
This adjustment period is natural, and slowing down your dosage will help a lot. You can do that by opening the capsule and pouring a small amount into a drink or applesauce. By going slow, you reduce the chance of your body being overwhelmed by the influx of good bacteria.
Here’s What You Should Do
The possible sensitivities to lactobacillus probiotics mentioned above can occur when you eat probiotic-rich foods or if you’re taking a probiotic supplement with lactobacillus, which is what triggers these biogenic amines.
You can avoid these symptoms by choosing to take probiotic supplements that are formulated and designed for sensitive individuals; i.e, Bifido-only probiotics. Not everyone has this issue, by the way! But if you’ve noticed senstiives around probiotics, then you might be a good candidate to avoid the lactobacillus species.
Here at Lifted, we strive hard to accommodate the unique needs of all of our customers, which is why our Bifidus Mood Boost only contains the friendliest bacteria, designed for sensitive individuals – bifidobacterium. This bacteria species knows your gut more than any other probiotic out there so you’ll want to these bugs working on your side.
Here are the four superstars of our Bifido Only Probiotic Supplement:
- B. infantis – is known as a psychobiotic due to its ability to reduce depression symptoms
- B. breve – has therapeutic potential for averting cognitive decline or impairment
- B. longum – known to reduce anxiety and improve stress responses
- B. bifidum – helps in the treatment of a variety of gastrointestinal tract diseases that can have a direct effect on mood
Plus, as mentioned earlier in the article: we include the prebiotic GOS, which helps the good bacteria stay alive and get where it needs to go. Additionally, prebiotic GOS is known for it’s stress-fighting abilities, too.
When you are mindful of what your body is sensitive to, you can make better choices for your microbiome. Remember, what you put into your body matters.
We’d love for you to try our Bifidus Mood Boost to feel more balanced– mentally and physically, every day.