Your Brain and Gut Bacteria
We take great care to eat yogurt, or replenish our gut bacteria after being on an antibiotic, but how these bacteria affect our brain is something we may not have thought about. An article written by Tim Newman in Medical News Today discusses the link between the bacteria in our gut and our brain. While the exploration of this link between the two is in its beginning stage, it is well known that the brain’s response to stress impacts the gut. The gut, in turn, is impacted by a plethora of bacteria and researchers are working to determine just how the bacteria affects brain function. Analyses of a number of studies regarding the effect of probiotics on central nervous system functions in animals and humans indicated “probiotics showed efficacy in improving psychiatric disorder-related behaviors including anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and memory abilities, including spatial and non-spatial memory”. While the researchers concluded that more studies were needed in the future, the results were promising.
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