Microbes, Your Gut, and Your Brain | How new research is changing the face of anxiety

That phrase, “I just felt it in my gut,” might be true after all.

Researchers are now finding that what we eat actually has a profound biological effect on our mood. It’s because we’re feeding a bunch of microbe in our body. They react to what we eat. In fact, they out number our cells 10:1. In fact, they may be more in control of us that we ever thought possible!

I was driving in the car this morning and just had to tell you about this. A new article from NPR, Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds, talks about some revolutionary research around microbes and the brain. In a group of mice, they took microbes from anxious mice and put them in the strong mice. They also did the reverse. The anxious mice were less anxious and the non-anxious mice were more anxious.

“I’m actually seeing new neurochemicals that have not been described before being produced by certain bacteria,” says of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Abilene, who studies how microbes affect the endocrine system. “These bacteria are, in effect, mind-altering microorganisms.”

Wouldn’t it be amazing if someday Greek yogurt were prescribed as often as psychotropic medication? Think of the profound effects this could have in helping kids, parents, and families!


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Joseph R. Sanok, MA, LLP, LPC, NCC is amazed how much fun it is to help kids and families! Joe helps angry kids, frustrated parents, and distant couples at his private practice in Traverse City, MI at Mental Wellness Counseling. Also, he is the author of Mental Wellness Parenting | A remarkably simple approach to making parenting easier. To link to Joe’s Google+ .


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