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Why You Should Pay Attention to Gut Bacteria’s Impact on Anxiety




 Why You Should Pay Attention to Gut Bacteria's Impact on Anxiety

Why You Should Pay Attention to Gut Bacteria’s Impact on Anxiety

Gut bacteria have been in the spotlight for several years. An imbalance in gut bacteria has been blamed for conditions such as IBS and Crohn’s disease. Now, new research shows that they may also have an impact on anxiety.

Gut Bacteria and Anxiety

A study published in the journal Microbiome found that gut bacteria may affect behavior in people. There appears to be a link between gut health and brain health. Researchers noticed that gut microbes can have an impact on microRNAs (miRNAs) in the brain. This means that some mental health problems such as anxiety may also be affected.

Improving Gut Health

There are many things you can do to improve your gut health, and they may also help your anxiety. First, it is important to remember that certain medications such as antibiotics can have a big impact on your stomach. Only take medications as they are prescribed, and ask your doctor for more information about their influence on the stomach.

You can take the following steps to improve your gut heatlh:

  1. Focus on your diet. Try to add more fermented food such as sauerkraut and miso. Eat more food with natural probiotics. Also, try to get more fiber and plant material in your diet.

  1. Consider probiotic supplements. You may benefit from probiotic supplements. However, you should ask your doctor before taking them because there is a possibility that some may interact with your medications.

  1. Drink enough water. Hydration is important for gut health.   

  1. Decrease stress. Stress can affect your gut, so it is important to decrease it. Try different relaxation techniques to find the best one for you.

Your gut health has a direct impact on your overall health, and may also affect anxiety. Consider these tips to improve it, and ask your doctor for more suggestions that may help.

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  1. 1
    Chelsey Beasley

    Great tips! Stress is a big one for me

  2. 2
    Tamra Phelps

    As someone who often has gut issues, I find this really interesting. So many physical issues have connections like this.

    1. 2.1

      They are finding out so much more. Who knew Serotonin was mainly made in the gut! I always thought it was in the brain!

  3. 3
    Judy Thomas

    That is very interesting, thank you for the info. My daughter suffers from anxiety and depression and we will try anything to help.

    1. 3.1

      It is hard…my son began symptoms when he was 9.

  4. 4
    Donna K Peterson

    This is good information. Thank you for sharing.

  5. 5
    Deborah D

    I had no idea that gut health contributed to anxiety. Very informative post.

  6. 6

    I never related the two of these. These are some great suggestions. I have trouble with anxiety. Thank you so much for sharing

  7. 7
    kate g

    I don’t have gut issues, but I have certainly had anxiety and I’m always on the lookout for natural things that will help…so maybe my gut health isn’t as good as I thought it was…

  8. 8
    Debbie P

    Taking care of your gut really does help with things like IBS. I know this first hand. Great article.

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