Probiotics may help combat stress and improve mental health

The skies are grey. There’s a chill in the air. And let’s face it — it’s not just the weather that’s getting a little gloomy.

As the colder weather sets in, so does depression for lots of people.

If that sounds like you, I bet you’ve tried everything from UV lamps to dangerous antidepressants that take months to work — and that’s when they work at all!

But imagine being able to chase those blues away in as little as four weeks — all thanks to probiotics.

Probiotics give your stomach a dose of healthy bacteria your body needs to fight infections and even improve digestion. But they just may hold the key to sending those winter blues packing, too.

According to recent research presented at the Society of Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago, probiotics can help you fight stress and improve mental health — and they may even help you stop those embarrassing memory lapses we all get as we age.

Researchers in Ireland recruited healthy volunteers and had them take a daily probiotic or a placebo. In just four short weeks, the volunteers who took the probiotics were able to reduce stress, anxiety and depression levels. They were even able to remember things better.

Scientists believe that these friendly bacteria release substances that activate the vagus nerve, which sends positive signals from the gut to the brain.

And we’ve known for years that digestive problems and bacterial imbalances can cause serious brain fog. In fact, it’s one of the main symptoms of Coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

The best thing about probiotics is that they’re completely safe and there’s no risk to trying them.

Start loading up now and you’ll be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way in the coming months — especially when it’s a case of the winter blues.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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