Science and media have increasingly communicated a powerful connection between the brain and the gut. We now know that gut microbiota impacts hormonal and neurotransmitter activity in the brain, which affects everything from appetite to focus to mood.
According to a recent publication in Nature Communications scientists have now found a specific bacteria that can improve depressive symptoms when introduced in the gut. While the research was done on mice, results showed significant promise of application to human subjects. Of course further studies need to be done, but this is hopeful news for psychiatrists, psychologists, and neuroscientists alike!
Terissa Michele Miller, MS Psy
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