Food for Thought:

It's no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are "heal". ~ Ed Northstrum
Chronic Illness

probiotics, gut health, and the immune system.

Check out this research on probiotics helping to improve behavioral symptoms of chronic inflammatory diseases- some excerpts:

"Probiotics are essential in improving digestion and immune function. They are fundamental in supporting proper microbial balance and optimizing gut health. Previous research has demonstrated that probiotics can have beneficial effects on mood and cognition. I recently shared a human study four months ago, published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, where researchers found that multispecies probiotics had a positive effect on mood after four weeks of supplementation. There is definitely a gut-brain relationship between nutrition and the gut microbiome and their support of brain health and function. The gut and brain communicate through the nervous system, immune system, and hormones, while the microbiome can also release neurotransmitters."

"According to a new study just published last week in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers demonstrated that probiotics may improve the behavioral symptoms of chronic inflammatory diseases by altering the communication between the immune system and the brain."


I've taken a variety of high quality probiotics for years, and am currently taking Dr. Ohhira's Propolis Plus, which is terrific for travel as a shelf stable capsule, and also Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic Complete Powder when I'm home, which is refrigerated. I recommend them both highly- I cannot go a day without my probiotics!

Val and her drinks!

Heading out the door with my bag of drinks at the ready, and laughing at myself... this is my collection for the day, mostly for the morning... green (or black) tea, Medibulk fiber for my gut, Ultima Replenisher electrolytes for my head, and a smoothie. Happy Yes, I go to the bathroom a lot, but I could not live without these!

Update: Thorne Research changed their formula for Medibulk because they were having trouble sourcing a clean psyllium, and it just does not work anymore for me! Sad Floundered for a few months trying to figure out a new option, and came up with mixing organic acacia fiber (RenewLife) with psyllium husk powder (I use Yerba Prima)- 1 heaping TBSP acacia to 3 heaping tsps. of psyllium in a blender ball cup (I have like 100 of these Laugh). There is still some controversy on the psyllium because of California Prop. 65, but the worry is so, so small and I was so overjoyed to get back to the psyllium, which is what truly works for me that I am just running with it, Prop. 65 be damned!

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