A recent study involving mice found that a probiotic strain called Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (ie. good bacteria that line the digestive tract) reduced cortisol levels (the hormone that increases with anxiety and stress). The authors discovered that consumption of this particular probiotic reduced anxiety and depression-related behavior. Futher studies in humans are still required but these findings further illustrate the connection between gut function and brain function.
For more information on natural therapies to support mood, consult with your naturopathic doctor.
Yours in health,
Dr. Tara Andresen, ND
Dr. Tara Andresen is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) practicing in Toronto, Ontario. She follows an evidence-based approach to naturopathic medicine, incorporating the latest scientific research into effective treatment plans for a wide variety of health concerns.