Gut feeling: How intestinal bacteria may influence our moods

Great post and I find that I am nodding in agreement. I have been culturing/fermenting Kefir for 3 months now and consuming it daily and I can honestly say I have gone from a depressed lifeless state (worse than I realised at the time) to a bubbling over, happy, enthusiastic, lively rejuvenated woman. I know I’ve made so many life changes but a couple of days without Kefir do not go unnoticed.

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Researchers beginning to understand link between gut bacteria and mental health

By Sharon Oosthoek, CBC News        Jul 14, 2014 

Researchers have discovered significant links between intestinal bacteria and people’s moods.

Mounting evidence that gut bacteria affect mood and behaviour has researchers investigating just how much power these tiny microbes wield over our mental health.

“Many people with chronic intestinal conditions also have psychological disturbances and we never understood why,” says McMaster University gastroenterologist Dr. Stephen Collins.

Now, scientists such as Dr. Collins are starting to come up with answers.

Our lower gastrointestinal tract is home to almost 100 trillion microorganisms, most of which are bacteria. They are, by and large, “good” bacteria that help us digest food and release the energy and nutrients we need. They also crowd out bacteria that can trigger disease.

‘Many people with chronic intestinal conditions also have psychological disturbances and we never…

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