We are so excited that our supplements have been recommended in a new article on the Daily Mail.

This article, by qualified nutritionist and hypnotherapist Chloe Brotheridge, highlights and provides tips that have been tried and tested to help ease anxiety and menopause related stress.

The relationship between gut health and anxiety is something that we have found quite intriguing, and we certainly found the tips in this article practical. The article states up to 22% of women in the UK feel anxious 'most of the time', and this can get worse especially at times the female body goes through hormonal changes.

22% of women in the UK feel anxious most of the time, according to the Daily Mail

A study quoted in the article found that gut bacteria could help promote the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system that has a calming effect on the brain.

As covered in the piece, the types of foods we eat could either help to ease or to worsen anxiety. Processed meats, fried foods, hydrogenated fats and high sugar levels in the diet could cause inflammation and affect the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. Fermented foods like natural yogurts, kefir and sauerkraut are good sources of prebiotics. Prebiotics are not only great food source for probiotics, they could also help lower the levels of cortisol which is a stress hormone.

The article recommends including foods like nuts, green leafy vegetables and oily fishes to our diet
The importance of ensuring that our diets promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut was highlighted in this article. As well as making sure our diets support our gut heath, the article recommends taking probiotic supplements that contain strains from both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium family for anxiety. Our FAQ on anxiety and probiotics discusses the research and effect of different types of probiotics on stress. In particular it looks at two specific strains which have been clinically trialled and linked to reduced stress and anxiety - both found in OptiBac Probiotics 'For every day'.

I would recommend having a look at this article as it provides some great tips on how to improve your diet to beat anxiety, as well as some fabulous recipes!

Chloe Brotheridge is a qualified nutritionist and hypnotherapist with many years of experience. She specialises in helping people that struggle with stress and anxiety, which makes us delighted that she considers our products a beneficial part of the journey to ease anxiety. She has just published her first booked called ‘The Anxiety Solution’. You might want to check her out on twitter as well.

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