Probiotics have an untold number of benefits – if you’ve kept up with our blogs, you already know that probiotics have been scientifically proven to help in digestion, management of PMS symptoms, and even maintenance of your skin. All of these can be attributed to the gut microbiome that probiotics impact, which makes sense when we think about how your gut is important in building physical health and immunity. But there may be an unforeseen advantage: it seems that probiotics, in improving you gut, can also improve your mental health.
What is a Microbiome?
Microbes are microorganisms like bacteria, fungi and mites that live in our body. We have a symbiotic relationship with them, and they are found in particular areas of the body together – hence creating a microbiome. The gut microbiome is found in the mucous lining of the intestine, and it is affected by factors like genetics, age, and diet. Scientific researchers have begun exploring this microbiome because of its link to the immune system.
What is the Importance of the Gut Microbiome?
It has been found that maintenance of a healthy gut microbiome aids in immunity development and metabolism. Further, this microbiome:
- prevents inflammatory disorders
- protects against harmful pathogens
- aids in digestion of complex sugars
- produces Vitamin K
How Does the Gut Microbiome Reduce Anxiety?
The gut microbiome, due to its central functioning in the body, provides a good indicator of our general health. When the brain detects no deficiencies or abnormalities in the gut, we achieve better functioning, less stress and thus, more relaxation. The heightened relaxed state of the brain in turn aids our anxiety to be reduced. Moreover, probiotics are also responsible for the increased circulation of vitamins such as B12 and K in the gut. These vitamins have been associated with emotions, and it is likely that they play a neurological role in regulating our mood.
Which Probiotic is for Me?
Tea Trove’s Superbrew line uses Bacillus coagulans Unique IS2, a thoroughly researched and clinically proven probiotic that has multiple benefits. It balances the gut microbiome with over one billion colony-forming units (CFUs). The bacterium is child-friendly and stable over a range of temperatures, allowing drinkers to take it the way they prefer – hot or cold – with no reduction in its efficacy. The line of products in Tea Trove’s Superbrew probiotic range cater to tea-lovers, coffee addicts and chocolate fans alike.