Can Gut Bacteria Influence your Emotions or Memory?


According to new research, the importance of the bacteria in your gut goes light-years beyond digestion. As unbelievable as it sounds, the bacteria in your gut may have major influences on your emotions and even cognition. It is entirely possible that the composition of your intestinal bacterial can affect feelings of depression, anxiety or responses to stress, as well as improve cognitive functions such us working memory and learning! This body of research is preliminary, so a lot more studies need to be conducted, but the evidence so far is encouraging and truly incredible. The treatment of dysbiosis (a term for microbial imbalance in the body) and/or eating fermented foods rich in probiotics and/or taking a good probiotic supplement can potentially help people with all sorts of emotional or cognitive problems. Amazing, the future is bacterial!

Further Reading:

CBC: Your gut bacteria are actively involved in your emotions, how you think, and even behave

The neuroactive potential of the human gut microbiota in quality of life and depression

Consumption of Fermented Milk Product With Probiotic Modulates Brain Activity

Postnatal microbial colonization programs the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal system for stress response in mice

Dr. David Gabriele