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Why we should avoid consuming processed foods
A recent research has revealed that human gut bacteria play a significant role in affecting immune system as well as physical health and emotional health. It has been established now that the intestinal flora balance is required not only for holistic health but also for DNA integrity.

According to a study reported in a June 2013 Gastroenterology journal, young women demonstrated less physiological stress indicators when they were fed probiotics, thereby implying that the  gut and brain connection is a two-way affair.

In the reported study conducted at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), three comparison groups were used in a before-and-after design of study. The age group of the sample was adult youth.

A group of 36 women aged 18 through 35 were divided into three groups. One group ate the "fermented milk product with probiotic" (FMPP) or yogurt that actually contained four major probiotic bacteria, twice daily for a month. The second or control group was fed the same amounts of yogurt devoid of probiotics over the same period, while the third group ate neither.

For data collection, all three groups were put through the same emotional task testing and received magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) of their brains before, during, and after the study. The analysis of the collected data showed that many areas of brain got affected including those involved in sensory processing and emotions.

The main lesson from the research for us that we must avoid consuming processed foods, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrups as they enhance probiotic destruction or cause intestinal flora imbalances.

It has been recommended that fermented Asian foods, such as miso, natto, or nattokinase supplements and kefirs can be used for maintenance of intestinal flora and better gut-brain interaction.

Thus, one again, science has proved that processed foods, fried foods and fast foods destroy both physical and mental health of human beings.

Ancient Vedic culture also held the notion that food affects both body and mind or human beings are affected by ‘annamaya kosh’. Now, it has been vindicated by scientific research.

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