Microbiome Awareness Month — Your Emotional Gut

While there are plenty of things you may attribute your mood to – the weather, your job, life in general – have you thought about how your gut microbiome may be influencing your mood?

Researchers suggest that alongside plenty of other aspects of health, your microbiome has a profound effect on the way your mind works. Low levels of certain species of bacteria in your gut could be associated with depression or anxiety.

For four weeks, at a study at UCLA, twelve people ate a cup of commercially-available probiotic yogurt twice a day, while the remainder were given a non-probiotic dairy product. Before and after the four weeks, all were given MRI brain scans during which they were shown images of human faces expressing emotions such as anger or fear.
The brain scans showed the people in the control group were more affected by these emotional triggers than the probiotic yogurt eaters, who by comparison were calmer and less stressed.

Given the evidence of the gut-brain connection, you may want to boost your probiotic intake during this busy time of year.

For more information on mood and gut bacteria, read our classic blog post.

If you are interested in learning more about mood and your microbiome come check out our clinical microbiome test SmartGut™.

2 thoughts on “Microbiome Awareness Month — Your Emotional Gut

  1. Lindsay

    This is all so incredible! I’m so excited to have stumbled across your products today; and today,* of all days – prior to my twice rescheduled doctors appointment. I’ve been in rather significant pain, [yes, in my gut area, right around belly button height but mainly to the left side], for going on a few days now. My doctor had a lab test done of something I had taken into him but of course when the results came back, I never heard from him. I had to look up the terms myself, and as of this moment – regardless of my emailing the nurse/doctor [preferred form of non emergent communication] – we still have not discussed these results. I’ve been sick for just under 3 years.
    When I ran a Google Search for the results of my lab test, a few things came up….
    STAPHOLYCOCCUS AUREUS
    MRSA
    BACTERIUM
    The end of the web page article said the prognosis was almost always Fatal for anyone facing these results, but the medication VANCOMYCIN should be administered immediately to begin some sort of treatment. Then, most importantly, further testing would have to be administered to officially conclude diagnosis and rule out the possibility of MRSA.

    >Now don’t get me wrong…I don’t believe I have MRSA. I think if that were the case, I would’ve died a long time ago. However, I do feel like I have been dealing with something that is SERIOUS ENOUGH it warrants attention & RESPECT from the “designated personnel” in which my choices are extremely limited to choose from.
    I hear racial and sexist discrimination protests nearly everyday, understandably so – but what about our entire forgotten and devalued middle class??

    1. uBiome

      Hi Lindsay,

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. We know having a chronic illness can be confusing and disheartening at times, but hang in there! Hoping you feel better soon!

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