MOOD ALTERING BACTERIA – INTRIGUING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BRAIN/GUT AXIS
Posted on 17th Feb 2015 by Marlene
MOOD ALTERING BACTERIA - INTRIGUING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BRAIN/GUT AXIS
In the past few years it has become public knowledge that gut microbiota can affect a wide range of physical conditions such as obesity,IBS & various allergies & food intolerance conditions. The latest research however shows that your gut bacteria can have a significant effect on your mood.
Studies on germ free mice have shown that they have higher levels of stress hormones than those with bugs. A transfer of gut microbes from an anxious strain of mouse into a germ-free mouse of a more adventurous strain and vice versa led to a behaviour metamorphosis ! How gut microbiota can bring about changes to the brain & its behaviour is far from clear as a multitude of bacteria all have different effects on a person's physiology.
One particular strain Lactobacillus rhaminosis damped down anxiety & made animals more relaxed whilst in other studies scientists have deduced that Bifidobacteria & Lactobacillus might influence mood in humans as well as rodents. Healthy humans given a blend of probiotics for 30 days experienced less depression or low mood than those given a placebo. Much further research needs to be undertaken but a future of "psychbiotics" being prescribed for a range of mental health conditions is definitely on the horizon.
For advice on which Probiotics could be helpful for various mental health or physical conditions please contact Marlene.
Posted by Marlene on: 6th Feb 2015
This last week has seen two very important research documents published the first for the prevention of allergy and the second connection to probiotics / colonic microbiome. The WAO are now advocating the use probiotics for the prevention of infantile eczema. http://www.waojournal.org/content/8/1/4……
Is Your Cat Getting To You?
Posted by Marlene on: 5th Feb 2015
Do you have cat allergies? It doesn't mean you have to skip visits with your feline-loving friends and family. With a little preparation, you should be able to go anywhere without ending up with itchy, red eyes, a tickly throat, sneezing, or even shortness of breath-all of which happen when people……
Posted by Marlene on: 25th Jan 2015
It all starts with the gut... If our digestion and gut are not functioning our body and mind do not function to there optimum . It is therefor important to work with our gut not against it. Unfortunately are modern Western diet does just that. There are two other factors that are also vital to our……
Are You Allergic To The Cold?
Posted by Marlene on: 21st Jan 2015
Brrr it's cold out there! But can you actually be allergic to the weather? As most people know, allergy triggers change with the seasons. However, it is the weather patterns and temperature swings themselves causing allergens rather than seasonal pollens? According to recent research, allergic reaction……
National Obesity Week
Posted by Marlene on: 16th Jan 2015
This week is Obesity Awareness Week and we all recognise that eating more healthily is one of the simplest changes most of us can make to improve out health and lose weight. But knowing what to change and how can seem a bit daunting. Healthy eating is not just about eating the right foods - it is also……
Most Common Causes Of Allergies?
Posted by Marlene on: 14th Jan 2015
What are the foods that most people are allergic to? In the list is probably peanuts, milk, eggs, wheat, crustaceans, shellfish, tree nuts, fish and soybeans - there may be more? How do these reactions occur? They are not always immediate.... Reactions do vary. Some symptoms include rashes and itchiness,……
Vitamin D For Infant Food Allergies
Posted by Marlene on: 2nd Jan 2015
A new study examined the relationship between food sensitivity and levels of vitamin D in infants. The study found that "significant differences in (Vitamin D) levels were found between groups on number and degree of food sensitization. Vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of sensitization to food……