Mounting research has suggested that the bacteria living in your digestive system plays an important role in your immune system and overall health.
Here are 5 mental health conditions that have been associated with imbalances of the Microbiota:
1. Depression - More than a third of depression sufferers have "leaky gut", or permeability of the gut lining which may allow bacterium into the bloodstream.
2. Anxiety - Prebiotics can have anti-anxiety & antidepressant effects. Consuming Probiotics may also change the brain's response to the person's environment.
3. Autism - Autism often co-occurs with gastrointestinal challenges like "leaky gut" or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
4. Parkinson's Disease - Individuals suffering from this disease often have different gut bacteria than healthy people.
5. Schizophrenia - Studies in mice have linked a lack of normal gut bacteria with changes in brain development, but the genetics of the disorder are complex and not fully understood. (Sources: WebMD, Oxford University & Huffington Post)
+ Many healthcare professionals recommend supplementing your daily diet with Natural Prebiotics & Probiotics (10-12 Billion CFUs) in the form of a delayed release vegetable capsule.
+ Choose multiple strains that are already prevalent in your digestive tract: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium longum, are some that are recommended.
+ So, next time you shop for Probiotics, don't be fooled by the hype of huge numbers (CFUs & Strains). instead, read the other ingredients, check for the type of strains and make sure they are shelf stable. Listen to your gut!