Many claim to operate on their gut instinct, meaning they rely less on facts and standard procedure and more on certain mysterious feelings that emanate from the midsection, twinges of instinct or suspicion for example. Although gut-trusting results may vary from gut-owner to gut-owner, there does seem to be a definite connection between the brain and the gut. And several recent studies have illuminated this connection.
A Healthy Gut May Reduce Depression
You’ve probably heard that depression may be caused in part by and/or worsened by inflammation. New evidence published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics found a link between inflammation that’s related to an unhealthy gut flora and depression.
In other, bigger words: From the Press Release
Persistent low-grade immune-inflammatory processes, oxidative and nitrosative stress, and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation are integral to the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder.
Researchers believe that if the inflammation damage were mitigated then it might reduce depression. It should be noted that inflammation, in general, is also bad.
A Healthy Gut May Stave Off Alzheimer’s Disease
A study out of Sweden found that an unhealthy gut may hasten the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers injected gut bacteria from mice with Alzheimer’s into bacteria-free mice, and those mice developed a significant number of beta-amyloid plaques, a marker of the disease. When the bacteria-free mice where injected with bacteria from Alzheimer’s-free mice, fewer markers appeared, leading researchers to believe that a healthy gut might reduce the appearance of those plaques. The study was published in Nature.
A Healthy Gut May Improve Your Memory and Lessen Anxiety
Researchers in Ireland ran tests on mice to see if probiotics had any effect on memory and anxiety. They saw positive results in the probiotics-fed mice and decided to test on humans. The test subjects (who weren’t in the placebo group) reported a drop in their daily stress and had measurably lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in their bodies. Additionally, volunteers scored higher on memory tests when compared to the placebo group.
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