The secret to improving your mood and brain health is in your gut, an unhealthy intestinal flora can impact your mental health, causing problems such as anxiety, depression, autism and more.
Probiotics improve the intestinal flora and the brain
Gut bacteria affect brain function and our emotional states
A recent trial study found that women who eat yogurt containing beneficial bacteria on a regular basis have altered brain function compared to people who do not consume probiotics.
Just as you have neurons in your brain, you also have neurons in your gut - including neurons that produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is also found in your brain and is related to your mood.
Limiting sugar intake, eating fermented foods, and taking a probiotic supplement are some of the best ways to optimize your gut flora and subsequently boost your brain health and optimize your mood.
Bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms that make up your body's intestinal flora actually outnumber your cells by 10 to 1, and it is becoming increasingly clear that these tiny organisms play an extremely important role in your health - both physical and mental.
The impact microflora has on your brain function has once again been confirmed by UCLA researchers, who through a proof-of-concept study found that probiotics (beneficial bacteria) altered brain function in participants.
Research confirms it
Researchers have known that the brain sends signals to your gut, which is why stress and other emotions can contribute to gastrointestinal symptoms. This study shows what was suspected but not proven until now, only in animal studies: that signals also travel in the opposite direction.
"Over and over again, we have heard from patients that they had never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut, " “Our study shows that the relationship between the gut and the brain is a two-way street. "
The study published in the journal Gastroenterology2 states that the discovery "has significant implications for future research that could point the way to improving brain function through dietary or drug interventions." Naturally, it is recommended to stick to the dietary changes and not wait for some kind of "wonder drug" to do the work for you.
Your diet affects your brain function
The study included 36 women between 18 and 55 years of age and they were divided into three groups:
· The treatment group ate yogurt containing many probiotics that have a beneficial impact on gut health, twice a day for a month.