bacteria

That gut feeling…

There is an excellent story up at The Verge today about the connection(s) between gut bacteria and mental health. It has been known for years that your mental state can affect the condition of your digestive system, but some psychiatrists are coming to see the connection as a two-way street: in other words, the bacteria in your digestive tract can affect your mental state, your mood, anxiety levels and so on.

This is a fascinating area of study, and it is exciting to see psychiatry make real advances in understanding biological causes of some mental illnesses (see our earlier report on the connections between schizophrenia and endogenous retroviruses here.)

Check out the video below as Dr. Michael Greger from nutritionfacts.org explains how probiotic foods might have the potential to be helpful in the treatment of mental illness: