This works both ways as your gut’s microbiota can also talk to your brain.
Things that happen in our gut directly affect how we think and feel and how we think and feel directly affects our health and functioning of the gut.
This is known as the gut-brain connection which involves bidirectional communication between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems.
This communication links the emotional and cognitive centres of our brain with our intestinal functions.
All these systems interact with each other and with the brain to influence thoughts, behaviour and our mood.
The Role of the Microbiota
The human gut consists of more than 1 000 species and over 7 000 subspecies of microbes, mostly bacteria producing compounds that have direct affects in the brain. For example, they can increase the love hormone, and reduce the stress hormone.
Bacteria in the intestines produce neurotransmitters such as the anti-anxiety neurotransmitter, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), the happiness neurotransmitter, and the feel-good neurotransmitter, which may directly impact brain function and mental health.
The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotions, and symptoms in the gut can be triggered by emotions, for example depression, anxiety, sadness and elation.
Research has shown that an unhealthy mix of gut bacteria can contribute to depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health and mood issues.
Infections, stress, eating too many processed foods and taking too much medication can all trigger inflammation that can radically change the microbiome in the gut.
These changes in the gut microbiome can result in intestinal permeability, (leaky gut), inflammation, or lack of bacterial diversity all of which have been associated with depression and mood issues.
If the microbiome is disrupted, then so is the connection between the gut and the brain.
By increasing the diversity and abundance of bacteria in your gut, you can improve your mood and brain function and even treat your anxiety or depression.
A healthy and balanced gut microbiome is critical for a healthy brain.
Probiotics and the brain-gut connection
Specific Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains, key ingredients in MiBiotix Mood, are now being referred to as “psychobiotics” for their potential therapeutic benefits.
A recent trial showed that four weeks of taking a specific formula of probiotics led to an improvement in mood, fostering a reduction in negative thoughts.
Probiotics act on the brain through their anti-inflammatory actions. This inflammation can stem from the gut and the probiotics have their effects in the brain by lowering inflammation.
High levels of inflammation in the body and brain are known to be one of the major underlying causes of depression and other mood and cognitive disorders.
MIBIOTIX MOOD MD
MiBiotix MOOD, taken once a day, is made up of a combination of specific probiotics including, Lactobacillus acidophilus Howaru, Lactobacillus rhamnosus Howaru, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacterium lactis Howaru, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum.
MiBiotix MOOD enhances the gut-brain connection, boosting mood, decreasing anxiety and easing depressionand is safe to take every day.
MiBiotix MOOD promotes a healthy mood balance, helps with memory andcontributes to a natural healthy gut flora.