The brain gut axis – beat depression and anxiety with probiotics

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Take Probiotics to Help Treat Depression and Anxiety

Did you know that your depression and or anxiety could be caused by the bacterial colony in your bowels being overgrown with the wrong bacteria?

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A large percentage of the serotonin in your body is actually produced in your gut, in part by the microbes that reside there. If the bacteria colony in your gut has been damaged, resulting in symptoms like IBS there’s a good chance that this is linked to your body running a shortage of serotonin. This results in mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

http://www.caltech.edu/news/microbes-help-produce-serotonin-gut-46495

“Our work demonstrates that microbes normally present in the gut stimulate host intestinal cells to produce serotonin”

 

 

How does this translate practically to our own battle with mood disorders?

Quite simply, we need to start taking probiotics

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201602/probiotics-depression

Probiotics are anti-inflammatory microbes that seem to affect the gut in a positive way, decreasing stress signaling in the body and possibly even increasing the transformation of the amino acid tryptophan to serotonin in the brain. In both their anti-inflammatory capacity and their serotonin capacity, probiotics have *some* overall effects similar to antidepressants such as SSRIs.

Some videos on the subject

 

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