Probiotics are becoming more and more prominent in the press. This weekend’s Mail on Sunday’s You magazine featured an article on the importance of healthy gut bacteria for boosting mood as well as health and weight loss. Whereas gut bacteria has been known for a while to be beneficial for digestive health, what is now emerging is how these bugs are also possibly influencing our mood. 

The two strains mentioned as being found to be beneficial for mood are  Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52 & Bifidobacterium longum Rosell-175 which are found in our 'For every day' probiotic which was featured in the article as the best probiotic for stress.

Unbelievable you may think that we are now talking about taking probiotics for stress, but research looking at how people performed under pressure taking 2 strains of live cultures, Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52 & Bifidobacterium longum Rosell-175, found that those people taking these strains of live cultures were less anxious and more resilient to stressful situations than those on a placebo.

As described in the article, it actually makes a lot of sense when you know that our gut bacteria actually produces key neurotransmitters including serotonin, our feel good neurotransmitter and gaba which calms us. Psychobiotics is an impressive new field of research, and as the article describes, the possibility that anxiety and depression could be looked at now from a more natural approach is very exciting.

Interestingly the article also mentioned that psychobiotics can work inversely too. So having the wrong kinds of bacteria in our gut can make us feel less than happy.  Dysbiosis of gut bacteria can also affect our cravings as discussed in our blog post here. This all points to how important it is to look after our little bugs and ensure they are the right ones doing the right job. 

Other than taking a high strength probiotic with the correct strains such as 'For every day', there are further things you can do to support ensure a healthy microbiome. These include cutting down on sugar which encourages inflammation and feeds pathogenic bacteria we do not want, avoiding antibiotics if possible and eating grass fed or organic meat to avoid the bacteria damaging antibiotics that get into the food chain. Increasing your intake of vegetables is also vital, particularly prebiotics, as these help boost levels of good bacteria.

If you would like to read more about psychobiotics read this fascinating article written by our nutritional therapist Kathy here.

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