It is a known fact that human beings are always in the search of ultimate happiness and wholesomeness. Whether it is mental or physical, being healthy requires a good care of our bodies. The understanding of mental health is a complex issue. Currently, there is great unhappiness and depression in our society. The main problems identified with our modern times are stress, depression, insomnia and anxiety. Researchers are still looking for new approaches in order to help people who are suffering from these problems. Therapies and anti-depressants are being used widely for stress-related disorders, such as depression and anxiety. But there are many side effects of these pharmacological substances. It is suggested that a happy, energetic and fulfilling life can be possible with a correct nutrition habit, and being happy can be accomplished by being healthy and vice versa.
Some researchers1 suggest that depression is not related to brain chemistry, but to the intestines that are considered as the second brain of the body. There are millions of bacteria in our guts and the balance between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ bacteria is important for our overall health. Probiotics are considered as good bacteria and they help us with our digestion of food, synthesis of some vitamins and improve our immune system. Recent studies are focusing on the gut-brain axis and how probiotics can help us to maintain healthy gut and mental connection. One of the studies2 suggested that “probiotics may be effective in reducing depressive symptoms such as insomnia and anxiety”. Therefore, one should invest in healthy gut and consume gut-friendly foods and supplements, such as probiotics.
1 Wallace, Caroline JK, and Roumen Milev. “The effects of probiotics on depressive symptoms in humans: a systematic review.” Annals of general psychiatry 16.1 (2017): 14.
2 Cepeda, M. Soledad, Eva G. Katz, and Clair Blacketer. “Microbiome-gut-brain axis: Probiotics and their association with depression.” The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences 29.1 (2016): 39-44.
Katzman, Martin A., and Alan C. Logan. “Quo Vadis, Probiotics? Human Research Supports Further Study of Beneficial Microbes in Mental Health.” EBioMedicine (2017).