Anxiety Linked to Gut Bacteria

What’s new?

Anxiety and other mental disorders appear to be linked to the bacterial flora in our intestines, which means anxiety could be treated with a change in diet that increases beneficial bacteria, or probiotics and nutritional supplements that regulate the digestive system’s microbiota population.

How Do We Know?

A study recently published in the scientific journal General Psychiatry reviewed and systematized the results of 21 previous studies involving more than 1,500 people and found that the trillions of microorganisms living in the gastrointestinal tract, which are vital to our immune systems and provide us with nutrients and vitamins, are also linked to certain brain functions in something called the Gut-Brain axis.