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Probiotics Alone Aren’t Good Enough, You Still Need Prebiotics

Probiotics Alone Aren’t Good Enough, You Still Need Prebiotics

The whirlwind of health terminology being tossed around these days can throw many into a lot of confusion and misinformation. One such health trend causing lots of confusion is the role of probiotics and probiotics. Lots of folks have heard of probiotics, yet may not have heard of their necessary counterparts: prebiotics. They sound so alike yet they have unique roles in the system of health. Probiotics are bacterias and yeast that are beneficial for the system. On the other hand, prebiotics are foods high in dietary fiber with a never-ending stream of health benefits that are needed to feed this bacteria.

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    Prebiotics are essentially fiber that is nondigestible.  Common prebiotic foods are garlic, artichokes, dandelion greens as well as onions . They pass through the gastrointestinal tract and remain undigested. When they reach the colon, they are fermented by  the anaerobic bacteria within the large intestine.

    Maintaining prebiotics intake will contribute to:

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    • Better health
    • Lower Stress
    • Hormonal Balance
    • Stronger immune system
    • Low Obese risk
    • Low inflammation
    • Better digestion
    • Healthier levels of cholesterol

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      Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha are popular probiotic foods.  Yet prebiotics in the form of whole foods are necessary for absorbing nutrients and overall digestive health. Probiotics pass through the stomach unbroken by digestive enzymes or gastric acids  and bring forth positive changes in the digestive system and organs. Prebiotics are essential fuel for the beneficial bacteria of probiotics. and serve to lower disease risks .

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        Digestive problems can be resolved with combining both prebiotics and probiotics by lowering risks of:

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        • Diarrhea
        • Intestinal infections and Crohn’s disease ,
        • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
        • Bowel disease
        • Candida virus
        • Leaky gut and ulcerative colitis

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          Last Updated on June 20, 2019

          Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

          Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

          There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

          More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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          Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

          You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

          During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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          Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

          Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

          The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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          This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

          Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

          The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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          This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

          This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

          Conclusion

          While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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