There are beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria – likewise there are beneficial yeasts and harmful yeasts. This article is about beneficial bacteria and yeasts. These bacteria and yeast, clubbed together forms Probiotics. Regular intake of Probiotics helps in improving your health by improving your digestion and also by improving your mood. What the Probiotics do is that they improve your gut. Though probiotics are found naturally in the body,  you can consume them in the form of supplements and food items as well.

How do Probiotics work?

Researchers are still carrying out experiments to find out how Probiotics work in our body. Here are some ways in which probiotics keep us healthy:

  • Help improve the percentage of good bacteria and improve their number (good bacteria also die during antibiotics therapy).
  • Help in balancing good bacteria or the normal microbial flora of the human body.
  • Probiotics are great at oral care. They improve the quality of the breath by killing the harmful bacteria. In other words they help in making your teeth stronger and better.
  • They help prevent mild diarrhea and side effects of other medicines.
  • Probiotics helps keep your gut healthy thereby ensuring that your internal system remains up and running.

Can Probiotics help improve your mental health?

Research carried out by healthcare practitioners and medical experts show that Probiotics play an important role in improving your mental health and well being. In a research carried out by the researchers of Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition at Leiden University nearly 40 healthy young adults were given powdered Probiotics as supplement. Within a few weeks, they noticed that the individuals under study experienced a change in their mood swings. These individuals were better able to overcome mood fluctuations and had fewer depressive thoughts.

Therefore, it is logical to conclude that when you are fit and active internally, you will automatically experience a change in your mood. You will feel good, active and upbeat. Recurrent illness and falling sick every now and then make us mentally weak. Being bed ridden and unable to carry out the daily activities makes us irritable and disappointed – we vent our anger by feeling angry, depressed and shouting at others. In fact, at times illness makes us misbehave with others. On the other hand, a person who is fit and healthy remains emotionally stable and mentally healthy as well.

Which are the most common food items/supplements rich in Probiotics?

In addition to the naturally occurring Probiotics inyour body, you can also consume food items or take supplements rich in Probiotics. You need to consume Probiotics if you wish to improve your mental health. Following are the popular food items rich in Probiotics:

  • Yoghurt
  • Kefir
  • Sauekraut
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Microalgae
  • Miso soup
  • Pickles
  • Tempeh
  • Kimchi
  • Kombucha Tea

You can eat all of these food items or pick and select the one that you like. Yoghurt, kimchi and pickles are the easiest ones to find and buy. Ensure that daily you are eating these food items to improve your mental health. By the way don’t forget the fact that we are what we eat! To a large extent, both physical and mental health depends on our eating habits.