The brain in your head isn’t your only brain. There’s a “second brain” in your intestines that contains 100 million neurons. Gut bacteria are responsible for making over 30 neurotransmitters including the “happy molecule” serotonin.
Research has recently discovered that the microorganisms that live in your gut can help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression.
People who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a condition affecting 10-20% of the general population and is associated with abdominal pain, bloating and altered bowel function, are more likely to experience anxiety and depression in their lives.
Dysbiosis (changes in normal gut bacteria) causes gut inflammation leading to a disturbed gut-brain communication leading to mental dysfunction and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.