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Scientists Link Gut Bacteria to Anxiety Disorders

A discovery by scientists studying how the gut microbiome affects the brain’s feelings of fear, impending threats and anxiety is causing a re-evaluation of how anxiety disorders should be treated, according to Irish Examiner. The findings demonstrate that treating the gut may be the answer to treating these brain disorders, researchers said.

The gut-brain connection is an exciting area of research that continues to show how your brain, immune system and gut microbes are intricately linked via lymphatic vessels that, only a few years ago, were not previously known to exist. The discovery is literally rewriting the textbooks on how we diagnose and treat numerous diseases.

It also emphasizes why committing to improving your gut microbiome will do more than develop good bowel habits; you’ll likely experience easier weight loss, better health, improved mood and reduced risk of some cancers. One of the simplest, easiest and most cost-effective ways of improving your gut diversity is to eat fermented foods made with a starter culture.

Fermented foods, in fact, may be a key component of an anticancer diet, so you get a double bonus by working to balance your gut microbiome. Probiotics, which are foods and supplements that increase the diversity of the microbiome in your intestinal tract, can also help with this, along with prebiotics, which basically are the workhorses that feed those microbiota, helping them to grow and multiply.

Optimizing your vitamin D levels through sensible sun exposure or with D3 supplements can also help, as recent research demonstrates that vitamin D receptors in the ileum of the small intestines and vitamin D deficiency are linked to dysbiosis, or microbial imbalance or maladaptation in the gut.
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