The second brain

In recent years, more and more attention has been paid to digestive health and the gut “microbiome,” a teeming community of bacteria and other microorganisms which has a huge influence on our overall physical and emotional wellbeing. When our digestive system is out of whack, we’re vulnerable to a host of physical issues ranging from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and leaky gut to obesity and type 2 diabetes. 

But the digestive system isn’t just about processing food. Our gut is lined by a massive network of neurons so extensive that scientists call it the “second brain.” Also known as the enteric nervous system, the over 100 million neurons in our intestines—more than either the spinal cord or peripheral nervous system—make up a powerful system that allows us to sense, or “feel” the inner world of our gut. 

Much of what we’re sensing tells us where we are around hunger, fullness, and the need to go, but this second brain also plays a major role in determining our mental and emotional state.

“I knew in my gut”

Our language is full of references to our gut and instinct, intuition and emotion. Now science paints an even clearer picture of how the brain in our belly communicates with the one in our head. Research shows that 90% of the fibers in the vagus nerve, which controls the parasympathetic nervous system, the over 100 million neurons in our intestines—more than either the spinal cord or peripheral nervous system—make up a powerful system that allows us to sense, or “feel” the inner world of our gut relay information up from the gut to the brain—not vice versa. Other studies look at the connection between digestive health and depression, which makes sense considering that 95% of the body’s serotonin is found in the bowels. Still other research examines the gut’s role in our overall immune response. With at least 70% of our immune system targeting the digestive tract in order to search for and destroy foreign invaders that enter our bodies with the food we eat, the connection between a healthy gut and a robust immune response is clear.

Go to bat for your belly

A number of factors can throw off your digestive system:

  • Poor diet—or a change in diet
  • Physical and/or lifestyle stress
  • Aging
  • Illness
  • Antibiotics and other medications
  • Travel

Adding a daily probiotic packed with “good” bacteria is a simple way to support a healthy microbiome. There’s only one problem: Many probiotics, including those found in yogurt, are fragile. While they may contain billions upon billions of live CFUs (culture forming units), they most often need refrigeration to stay alive, and the vast majority won’t survive the harsh climate of the stomach.

A potent pairing

LiveKAYA has built our reputation on the quality and care we put into every product. GanedenBC30® is the ideal probiotic to blend with our premium 70% dark chocolate,  because it survives the heat of melting chocolate, doesn’t require refrigeration, and remains viable in our chocolate for a long time. It’s also gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan-friendly, and organic.

GanedenBC30 forms a protective spore, like the outer shell of a seed. Extremely stable and robust, it is safe to consume every day and clinically proven to be effective. Non-spore forming strains might have many billions of CFUs—but only 1/10th of 1% of them survive. The GanedenBC30 in LiveKAYA Pro+ contains one billion CFUs. Studies show that over 70% of them make it through the stomach and into the gut where they germinate into the “good” bacteria that support immune and digestive health.

Because LiveKAYA is committed to making the biggest possible difference in your life, we’ve added Wellmune® as a perfect complement to GanedenBC30. Derived from the cell wall of baker’s yeast, this beta glucan (known officially as beta 1,3/1,6 glucan) interacts with our natural human immune defenses to recognize and kill foreign invaders.

Backed by over a dozen clinical studies, Wellmune reduces the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection symptoms and improves overall wellbeing for people of all ages who experience stress. It aids the body’s response to viruses and inflammation which results in fewer sick days during cold and flu season and other high-stress periods. Wellmune also helps prevent the drop in white blood cells (on the front line of our immune system) that typically occur following intense exercise.

LiveKAYA Probiotic Dark Chocolate delivers decadent flavor, powerful antioxidants, and exceptional support for your gut and immune system.


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