A huge amount of medical research has been co-ordinated to find out the links between the microbiome and Depression.
According to this research, probiotics can help lower levels of cortisol in response to stress. This then leads to a more relaxed mind and fewer depression symptoms.
The healthy germs in probiotics help to boost your mood in a particular way. This is called GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acid, they generate a neurotransmitter. GABA is an amino acid that has a calming influence on the brain. This acid detects overactive brain signals within depression.
Yeast also plays a big part in depression. A microbiome full of yeast may contribute to mood disorder. Yeast will slim down the availability to absorb nutrients and push towards inflammation in the body. This is how yeast contributes to poor mental function.
‘Unhealthy microbiome → yeast build-up → toxic by-products → hypersensitivity reactions → inflammation → mood problems (anxiety and depression)’.
To try and help the symptoms and signs of depression, try these simple steps:
1 –Cut down on excess sugary foods, these encourage yeast build up.
2 –. Try and get a good night’s sleep. This will help to heal the intestinal lining and microbiome run more efficiently.
3 – Relaxation and Meditation. It’s so important to have time away from screens, work, noise, and well- just everyday general life! Stress causes a shut done effect on the circulation to the gut. This does not help the microbiome.
4 – Eat fibrous food. Vegetables, psyllium, fruits, flax and inulin, and other fibers help the good bacteria in the microbiome, they also keep a balance of fatty acids in the intestine.
5 –Consume probiotic foods, these include kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, natto, Kimchi. Tempeh, fermented milk, miso, and non-baked cheeses.
6 – Top up your probiotic by taking a supplement. Make sure these are 100% natural, otherwise the microbiome may not respond to them as well as they should.