There’s no doubt that what you eat impacts your physical health.
But food’s impact on your mental and emotional wellbeing is just as powerful.
There are plenty of reasons for this connection.
A big one is because your gut contains neurons, and serotonin (the neurotransmitter that’s involved in depression and anxiety) is particularly abundant in your gut.
Personally, I find that fascinating.
Plus, it’s also enlightening… because it means that by taking care of your gut health you can also help reduce your risk of anxiety and depression!
In fact, a recent study has identified a simple “digestion trick” that can not only improve your gut health but also reduce anxiety, and boost your mood…
There’s a lot of hype about probiotics — and for good reason.
These beneficial bacteria help support a healthy gut microbiome—which supports your whole body health.
But those good bacteria need support of their own… and that comes from something called prebiotics. Think of prebiotics as food for probiotics.
Prebiotics are a type of fiber that your body can’t digest. It arrives in your lower digestive tract intact, where it becomes food for the good bacteria.
Both are essential for a healthy gut, and both can help boost your mood as well.
In a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports, 64 healthy women took either a daily dose of the prebiotic GOS (galacto-oligosaccharides) or a placebo for 28 days.
Those taking the prebiotics experienced reduced anxiety levels, improved overall mental wellbeing, and better gut health than those taking the placebo.
But these gut-boosters can also help people already suffering from anxiety or depression.
In a meta-analysis that included seven studies, all of them revealed that taking either probiotics alone or probiotics + prebiotics were linked to measurable reductions in depression, as well as a significant improvement in symptoms of anxiety.
It’s also possible to determine if someone has depression just by looking at the composition of their microbiome.
Like I said, fascinating.
A good diet is the key to a healthy microbiome.
Probiotics are found in foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, and prebiotics are found in high fiber foods like whole grains, bananas, onions, and garlic.
You can also take probiotic and prebiotic supplements for an extra boost.
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