Thought Probiotics were just for Your Gut?

In a recent study, animal models showed a direct link to poor or no commensurate intestinal bacteria, thus exacerbating behavioral responses via dopamine brain receptors.

What does this mean? Poor or no bacteria in our gut can intensify anxiety and can interfere with the stress response. In fact the study states that, “Probiotics attenuate anxiety and depressive-like behaviors in experimental animal models.” The article actually concludes saying, “the modulation of the gut microbiota may provide a novel therapeutic target for the treatment and/or prevention of mood and anxiety disorders.”

 

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