• Rita Hitching

#TeenBrainHackProbiotics Include probiotics in your diet for mental health

Updated: Jun 21, 2019

The bacteria living in your gut plays an important role in your wellbeing. The brain-gut axis - a communication system between your central nervous system (CNS) and the gastrointestinal tract (GI) is involved in mental and physical wellbeing through the vagus nerve (longest brain nerve from neck to chest, and abdomen.

Probiotics are key to gut health and mental wellbeing
Yogurt rich in probiotics good for the brain

The food you eat feeds your growing body and developing brain, having a healthy gut enables the absorption of serotonin, a key neurotransmitter necessary for wellbeing. If you have a gut that is not functioning well, it may lead to such low levels of serotonin that your mood becomes very low. Probiotics help you gut function at its best and keep you mood and wellbeing upbeat. Next time you are the store reach out for yogurt or a drink that contains probiotics.

Read the original research: "Gut feelings: A randomised, triple-blind, placebo-controlled trial of probiotics for depressive symptoms" Bahia Chahwana, Sophia Kwanb, AshlingIsikb Saskiavan, Hemert Catherine Burkea, Lynette Roberts.Journal of Affective Disorders

Volume 253, 15 June 2019, Pages 317-326