The delicate balance of gut bacteria combined with full digestion of food is necessary in order to prevent the proliferation of unhealthy micro intestinal flora within the gut. When out of balance, the disease process begins affecting the entire body, including our brain-- influencing mood, memory and depression.
The typical processed diet, combined with increased hidden sugars, is basically eating our way towards a disease process. We are what we eat, but how food is digested and the right balance of pathogens in the gut is also important: disease or health lies within the gastrointestinal system.
Even allergic responses are caused by lack of diversity of intestinal flora, and that is why, in Laktokhan probiotic complex, we use the 4 main strains the body requires: Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, and Bifidobacterium longum. In one 2011 study, researchers found that ingestion of Lactobacillus strain regulated emotional behavior and central GABA receptor expression in a mouse--meaning the strain could prove valuable in treating anxiety and depression. Probiotics are also being looked at by pharma as a means to deliver oral vaccinations combined with live bacterial culture--a live toxin or toxins with live bacterial culture. Bacteria, like all pathogens, have a survival mechanism in place and if threatened, they can change their DNA structure. How will that change affect healthy individuals being vaccinated, especially when combined with the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract?
Probiotic microorganisms include the Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. The use of live bacteria to elicit an immune response or to carry a vaccine component is a new invention in vaccine development, but has it been thoroughly tested to be safe? Although this vaccine probiotic drug approach is in the works, Laktokhan has the same live microorganisms to do the very same thing of balancing gut bacteria and without the unknown side effects.
Our Full Spectrum Digestive Enzyme is a key component to the equation, as well. An article published in Current Drug Metabolismdiscussed the implications of microbial metabolites generated during colonic fermentation of food. These microbes can affect intestinal health and immunity for better or worse. Proper digestion cannot occur without the right balance of gastrointestinal flora, and a digestive enzyme can help maintain that balance.
Another study painted a picture of just how important gastrointestinal health is: "...depression is frequently associated with manifest gastrointestinal inflammations and autoimmune diseases as well as with cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, type 2-diabetes and also cancer, in which chronic low-grade inflammation is a significant contributing factor. Thus depression may be a neuropsychiatric manifestation of a chronic inflammatory syndrome."