“Our mental outlook has a lot to do with our gut. We should have 4 lbs of probiotic bacteria in our gut, but most of us only have 1/5 of that… and this lack of probiotic bacteria (good bacteria) produces changes in our mental state.”
A Boston physician Issac Jankelson way back in 1922 said, “Chronic fermentative intestinal indigestion (akin to modern day small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.) driven by fermentation of carbohydrates in the ileum, the condition was characterized by chronic diarrhea, bloating, depressive symptoms, fatigue and anxiety.”
Dr. Tuck way back in 1906 found that animals that had lower amounts of good gut bacteria had depression and melancholy.
Research from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario shows that “Gut bacteria may also influence behavior and cognitive processes such as memory by exerting an effect on gene activity during brain development.”
Studies show that mice without proper amounts of probiotic bacteria in their gut show abnormal behavior… and don’t even care for their own safety.
Probiotic bacteria produce agents that interact with the amygdala and hippocampus and help to produce normal behavior. Without these chemical agents our mood and mental state change drastically… thus gut bacteria have a pronounced effect on our mental state.
It has long been noticed that those who suffer from IBS also have a propensity to also have psychiatric illness… depending on the amount of good bacteria populating the gut.
Animals that are raised without gut bacteria have high levels of serotonin. Compounds in probiotic bacteria mop up excessive serotonin. Excessive serotonin could lead to lots of mental changes because of imbalanced brain chemistry.
We try to rebalance our brain chemistry with prozac and other antidepressants, but our gut knows how to do this automatically without the intervention of toxic drugs.
One group of researchers Logan and Shelhub in a new abstract said: “One area of flourishing research involves the relationship between the intestinal microbiota (as well as the related functional integrity of the gastrointestinal tract) and mental health.”
A study in the British Journal of Nutrition took adults who were given probiotics or a placebo every morning for 30 days. Those who were given the probiotics had much lower levels of anxiety and stress. They said: “Gut microflora play a role in stress, anxiety and depression, and that probiotics may be useful as adjunct therapies in psychiatric disorders.”
In another study at the McMaster University in Canada, they found a link between intestinal microbiota and anxiety like behavior.
They said: “The gut bacteria talk to the brain in multiple ways through either the immune system or the enteric nervous system. Anyone who has a mental health disorder that coincides with a GI disorder is a good candidate for probiotics.”
Lack of good probiotic bacteria may also connect the dots to ADHD, Autism, OCD, and many more mental challenges.
Dr Kirsten Tillisch professor at the University of California, Los Angeles said: “Time and time again, we hear from patients that they never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut. Our study shows the gut-brain connection is a two-way street.”
The Journal PLOS One said: “The effect of Western-style diets – high in fat, sugar and salt – on gut bacteria might be contributing to the incidence of autism.”
Also inflammation and a host of other factors connected to our modern diet may be causing most of our psychological problems including depression.
Big drug companies keeps pushing drugs to take care of these mental challenges, but the answer may be much simpler than all of that. It just might be “We are what we eat”, and what our mother’s eat before we come to this plane. And the fact that ever part of our body including our gut bacteria… works together with every area of our mind/body.
I recommend taking 4 capsules of probiotics 3 or 4 times a day for 30 days, and then 4 capsules once a week from that point on.
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Dr Paul Haider – Master Herbalist
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