Nine ways that your gut affects mental health

A balanced microbiome can improve your stress resilience, so it’s beneficial to know how probiotics depression, gut bacteria and mental health are linked. – Photos:

Our colon contains trillions of bacterial cells which make up a unique ecosystem known as the gut microbiome. Other than letting in nutrients into the body and locking out harmful pathogens, the activities of your gut bacteria influences your brain a lot more than you might realise.

Take being under stress as an example. The body undergoes a variety of changes when it is exposed to stress. A great deal of energy and major resources get redirected to the muscles and brain. One of the body’s main responses to stress is to release cortisol, and that plays a big role in affecting the balance of the gut microbiome.

Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

gut health


Next In Health

Involving the community when it comes to suicide prevention
What weeding and eating have in common
Yes, it's possible to get pregnant during your period
How your Achilles tendon can throw you off your stride
Five alternative therapies to help you quit smoking
Feel the kilos piling on after hitting menopause?
Is healthcare prepared for the advent of AI?
How much screen time is too much time for your kids?
Dealing with pain during your period
Is it a stroke or am I going to get a migraine?

Others Also Read