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10 March 2014 @ 04:54 pm
probiotics and anxiety  
So, in talking about his anxiety with me, my brother mentioned that he's always been kind of anxious, but it got suddenly and substantially worse when he was in Mexico for a semester in college, after he got sick and was treated with antibiotics. "Hmm," thought I, "We're learning so much about the symbiotic connection between our bacterial friends and many of our other internal systems..." So I did a quick web search to see if this is something people are talking about at all.

Well, lo-and-behold, it is. It looks like there may, in fact, be a connection between our microbiome and our mental health, and though the factors and relationship are just being discovered and preliminarily explored, it looks kind of fascinating.

Do Probiotics Help Anxiety?
Probiotics a Potential Treatment for Mental Illness

The more you know, the more you know you don't know.
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
unintentional baitredheadedmuse on March 10th, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
This is fascinating! Thanks so much for sharing it.
m.entrope on March 10th, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
Yep. One of my professional colleagues, who is....erm....sometimes VERY ENTHUSIASTIC about dietary links to mental health - talks about this a lot.
gothtique: Mia & Megothtique on March 10th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
I have been tracking my anxiety, desperately trying to identify triggers so that I can AVOID them.
Despite my immune system being repressed, I tend not to get sick... I don't remember the last time I was on an antibiotic... but I expect, having read this, I will pay closer attention to my anxiety levels if and when I do get put on antibiotics again.
Thank you for sharing!

The Great Laurenhatsbylaurenhat on March 10th, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, interesting! Thanks for sharing. A couple related NPR stories:
2013 print article
2011 Science Friday segment (with transcript)
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on March 10th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
What do you think we are, Monkeys on Sticks???goat on March 11th, 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
Yes! There are so so many serotonin receptors in the gut, and having the right balance of microbes really helps mood. I try to carefully curate my microbiome to ensure mental health.
our lady of perpetual amusementdakotakym on March 11th, 2014 04:21 am (UTC)
The correlation between happy digestion and overall health (including mental health) is a widely discussed topic these days amongst natural health enthusiasts, particularly in places like Weston Price Foundation, GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet, and whole foods, traditional foods, primal/paleo, and fermented food communities. I've been learning about and experimenting with how my body and my clients' bodies respond to different fuel for awhile, and what people eat (or don't eat), as well as whether or not they know how to get out of "fight or flight" mode, definitely seems to affect how their soft tissue adapts and heals. It's really cool and endlessly interesting stuff.
Trying to do one true beautiful thinggeekchick on March 11th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
This is really interesting, thanks for posting it!
heinleinfanheinleinfan on March 11th, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting, I may have to develop a taste for kombucha and see if it helps my anxiety levels any!

Edited at 2014-03-11 06:19 pm (UTC)