Cacao // The Key to Good Gut Health
The deeper we dive into the depths of the human body, the more our focus goes to the gut. Now thought to be the source of most illnesses, the digestive system is the launching point for healing. Many nutritionists and dieticians prescribe probiotics to help repopulate the gut, but is that enough?
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are 'good' micro-organisms, generally bacteria, and can be found in many raw fermented products such as yoghurt, miso soup, kombucha and others. Humans have trillions of bacteria in colonies throughout our bodies. These good bacteria help keep us healthy in many ways, some of which we don't even understand yet.
The Benefits of Good Bacteria
Think probiotics are only good for bloating? Think again. Research shows that increasing probiotics could have numerous health benefits, including:
- Weight management
- Improving mood and mental health
- Boosting low immunity
- Regulating immunity in auto-immune conditions
- Skin health, including acne
- Pain and inflammation
- Digestion of food
- Aiding detoxification pathways
- Correcting nutrient deficiencies
- Protection from pathogens
The list goes on, but to put it simpler, if there's a health issue out there, it could be alleviated by the right bacteria.
Meet Cacao ~ Probiotics Best Friend
Great news! Cacao, known to be rich in antioxidant flavanols, has been shown to act as a prebiotic and feed the good bacteria in your GI tract. The good bacteria break down and ferment cacao's flavanols, turning them into absorbable anti-inflammatory compounds that benefit your health. I'll raise my bottle to that!