The Shocking Link Between Gut Bacteria and Mental Health
The continuous research on the human microbiome leads to a better understanding about the link between the digestive system and the brain. More scientists are now convinced that the gut bacteria has significant affect on our mental health. Companies promoting probiotic foods have been claiming that growing the good gut bacteria can help mental well-being, however many neuroscientists have been doubtful. Now there is a solid proof that microbes in our gut release a huge quantity of chemicals, and among those neurochemicals are the same compound used by the neurons to communicate and manage mood, such as serotonin, dopamine and gamma-aminobutyric acid. These consequently play a function in gastrointestinal disorders, which correlate with anxiety and depression. See also Neuroplasticity: Rewiring the Brain.