This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Activia Probiotic Yogurt. All opinions are 100% mine.
I recently shared about my favorite snack & any-time of day nutritional secret. Except it’s no longer a secret because you, too, can get on the probiotic train and read all about it here!
Consider that Part One and today’s post Part Two. We’re going to take a deeper dive into probiotics, aside from just how they can taste so good in Activia yogurt, and on to why the can actually be important for your digestive health* and overall well-being!
You know those moments in life where you have that ‘gut instinct’ – a sort of 6th sense, if you will? Or what about the times you’re nervous with butterflies in your stomach before a big event, or falling in love for the very first time?
Well, it’s no wonder those instincts are associated with the gut, because according to scientists and researchers, the gut is as a sort of ‘second brain’. This ‘second brain’ is also highly connected to your actual brain-brain and there are neurons that communicate between the two.
In fact, the digestive system is made up of over 100 million neurons and has its own nervous system. So, what you feel in your gut is often connected to what you feel in your brain.
Just as with the example of feeling “butterflies” in your stomach, this connection helps supports the early findings that digestive discomfort may impair both physical & psychological well-being and the ability to be at your best potential. In other words, when your gut feels good, you can too.
So, yes, it’s a big deal!
According to an emerging body of research the health of your gut flora can affect your mental and physical well-being, referred to as the gut-brain axis.,. While there is much to learn on this topic, recent research shows there are links between your digestive system, health, and even the way you think (source)!
Research suggests that, when your gut bacteria is out of balance (not enough friendly bacteria), it may negatively affect your overall health. and even influence your mood.
Life can be pretty hectic at times. Every day is filled with responsibilities caring to family, work, children, meetings and school functions. The list is endless, but by grace, you somehow manage to accomplish a number of things on any given day. What you may not be attuned to is how your busy lifestyle can take its toll, which can lead to stress and digestive discomfort over time.
This discomfort can come with symptoms like bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort , and random rumbling – all of which are uncomfortable and can be embarrassing.
However, by adding the right foods to your diet (i.e: ones containing specific probiotics), you can help take care of your gut and potentially contribute to a positive gut-brain connection.
As described in Part 1, probiotics are cultures that have been shown to provide specific health benefits. Some probiotic strains have been shown to provide a digestive health benefit, important for the proper functioning of the digestive system and the entire body.
When you feel good from the inside, you can be at your best for yourself and the ones you love. And what could be more important than that?
For additional information and recommendations visit this and this article on activia.com. Be sure to take part in the Activia Probiotic Challenge (I’ll be posting soon about my experience with it!). Read the Challenge Rules.
*Activia probiotic yogurt may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort when consumed twice a day for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Minor digestive discomfort includes gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, and rumbling.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Was this news for you? Have you seen probiotics make a difference in your daily life?
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