“All disease begins in the gut” Hippocrates
After thousands of years, Hippocrates’ wisdom seems to be confirmed that “gut feeling” isn’t just a saying.
One of the doctors who support this claim is the founder of GAPS diet, neurologist Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. According to McBride, digestion holds the greatest importance to our health: Gut is the ‘second brain’ of our body and is directly linked to brain. Our gut flora is a micro-world with millions of organisms and many chronic diseases such as autism, obesity, dyslexia, schizophrenia (and many more) happens when disfunctioning gut releases toxins to brain.
Her greatest tip for preventing a leaky gut is to eat fermented food such as homemade/ slow-fermented yoghurt. Beware that not every yoghurt is the same and neurologists’ GAPS diet allows only full-day fermented yoghurt.
What Are Probiotics?
In our bodies there are around 100 trillion bacteria; 10 times more than the total number of cells we have. Most of these bacteria are situated in our digestive system and form the core of our gut health & the overall wellbeing, and even affect mental health.
Although we mostly think of bacteria as organisms that make us sick, there are also good bacteria that help us to digest our food, to have a stronger immune system, and prevent us from many illnesses.
Probiotics are the ‘good’ living bacteria that balances the good and bad bacteria in our bodies and helps our gut flora perform optimally.