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What Are Probiotics Good For?

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Hello, Dr. Janine Krause here and I am going to talk about what are probiotics good for today? It’s a common question I get from a lot of my patients so I’m in a break it down for you. The big deal with probiotics is that they help us to break down the food that we consume, and in particular they also help us to be able to unlock the nutrients from the food that we consume. All too often, in my office, I see that people are deficient in vitamin B12, and vitamin D, and also a lot of the minerals such as calcium selenium and magnesium, in particular. In fact, magnesium is one of the most deficient minerals in all of the folks that I see and so where do we get it from? Well we’re breaking it down. Those probiotics break down all of our minerals, B vitamins, vitamins A and D and allows us to you utilize those nutrients, and if it we do not have sufficient amounts of beneficial bacteria, we don’t get those nutrients and so we might be eating as healthy as we possibly can but if we are deficient in a sufficient amount of probiotics beneficial bacteria we are not getting any of those good minerals and vitamins from our food, and so we have to supplement. And that’s unfortunate because definitely you’re spending the money on the food you might as well get something out of it. Probiotics also help us to produce something called short-chain fatty acids these are what we use for energy for cellular energy. And what’s quite cool about short chain fatty acids is that they also help with signaling to tell us if were full or for not, and so, you know, if you’re constantly walking around going I’m hungry I’m hungry I just can’t get full. It could be because you’re lacking on the beneficial bacteria that help you to create short chain fatty acids, and so that’s one reason that it’s not necessarily your fault that you’re hungry and this willpower thing could be a fundamental issue that’s happening in your belly and has nothing to do with the primary brain. As I always called the belly the second brain, and so the short chain fatty acids are key component here. Along the same lines with each short-chain fatty acids with the production of energy for our body, we also have this connection between the gut and the brain access. This concept is the connection between the nervous system the endocrine system and Armenian system, and it’s a complicated intertwined system of communication that were only beginning to differentiate and figure out, and at this point it’s quite cool in terms of how our gut really is our second brain, and how a lot of what goes on in terms of what type of of beneficial bacteria you have in your gut have everything to do with your bodies size. With your communication skills. With your ability to think clearly. Why patients come into my office and say I’m so brain fog my brain isn’t working my brain is broken and a lot of times there is nothing wrong appear it’s all in the gut and so often times this is where I tell people it’s really important to do some simple testing. Why? Because that’s gonna tell us what type of bacteria you have in your gut and what we need to work on replacing. The other side of this is looking into, okay, how many different types of environments and toxins are you exposed to during the day? Looking at your job. Looking at all the different homecare products you use and working on getting everything switched over to non-toxic items. The other side of this is how many different medications are you on? Medications will wreak havoc with your gut flora. Also how much stress are you under? Stress has a huge component and its a huge component of causing trouble with what’s going on with the balance in your digestive system flora. We’re taking off a lot of the beneficial soil bacteria. Now granite the other side of this is that our soil is probably quite toxic especially where I live here in Washington state near Tacoma our soil is really toxic. Where I used to live in Colorado our soil was very toxic with all the mining and things of that nature. So you’ve got to be careful of course in terms of the environment in which you growing your foods in. But you know what just bypass it go and take some soil-based bacteria. So you’ve got that. Now the other thing is spore based probiotics. I love those as well. Why? They’re kinda like the babies to the probiotics and they last longer through the digestive system and then they just release and start their chemical see and then they start their neighborhoods and families and so I like to have people rotating through all of those. Then after you get a little bit established with your portfolio there. Then you can start to eat fermented foods, the sauerkraut and all those things because for a lot of people if you just hit that hard and start that out you’re going to have a ton more gas and bloating and digestive upset and so today my big thing that I wanted to express to everybody is that probiotics are absolutely useful to help you break down your food, but also they’re useful for you to be able to get key vitamins in nutrients in your diet and they help with your brain function and who doesn’t want a sharper brain. My goodness I want to be sharp up until hundred and 15 and so if you are looking for all of that then you need to make sure you get on your probiotics. Start slow, ramp up. Watch some of my other videos they give you other tips on how to ramp up the probiotics. Thank you for watching on Dr. Janine Krause.

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