Gut bacteria & mental health

Research on gut bacteria– the “micro-biome”– is exploding and lending new insights to mental and physical health. The increasing imbalance of intestinal bacteria is being linked to health problems from allergies, auto-imunity, obesity, anxiety and depression (  This new human study published in Psychopharmacology by Oxford neurobiologists shows how supporting healthy gut bacteria helps us feel less anxious. The Huffington Post article speaks about pre-biotics–foods that support heathy bacterial balance. We could think about everything we consume as a potential support for our mental and physical health. An anti-inflamatory diet–variety of fresh foods, lots of vegetables and fruit, omega-3 fats in olive oil and fatty fish–is a good start.

leafy greens!