It’s natural to feel sad or stressed when times are tough. But that doesn’t mean you have to tough it out. And you don’t have to jump right to filling the prescriptions for antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs that your conventional doc may give you – because according to new research, there’s a safe and natural option that can have you feeling back to yourself.
A recent analysis of seven different clinical studies found a significant link between taking probiotics and getting some relief from symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, as compared to placebo.
You see, the massive colony of helpful bacteria that live in your GI tract can not only affect bodily processes like digestion and even systems like your immunity – but they can also influence how you THINK and FEEL.
That may sound far-fetched, but solid science has been backing this up for a while now.
In a clinical trial published last year, people who took a month’s worth of probiotics along with vitamin A, several B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, iron, selenium, and magnesium felt some relief from stress and fatigue.
What’s more, participants STILL reported feeling better a full month AFTER they stopped taking the supplements.
Now, these types of studies are, by nature, subjective. We’re not measuring levels of anything in the bloodstream. We’re not testing for antibodies, and we’re not taking any samples of anything.
We’re just asking volunteers to report how they feel.
But the risks of taking probiotics are so low – and their health benefits are so far-reaching – that this falls under the category of “why not?”
It’s not a matter of choosing probiotics over prescription drugs. But taking probiotics is most definitely better than doing NOTHING – which is what a lot of older folks do when they’re cracking under the pressure.
Sad feelings can often just run their course, but anxiety in particular can be hard to get rid of. And the more that it lingers, the more anxious you can become about your anxiety.
So, do yourself a favor by doing something simple, safe, and affordable now – before it gets worse. You can get lots of good probiotics from fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, sour pickles, and kimchi (Korean spicy pickled cabbage).
As well, choose a probiotic supplement from a maker you trust – preferably one with multiple strains of live bacteria in the billions, not millions – and take it every day with plenty of water.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Probiotics have a ‘positive effect’ on stress and anxiety: Meta-analysis, nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Probiotics-have-a-positive-effect-on-stress-and-anxiety-Meta-analysis