Anita Kemp Ph.D. Blog

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Gut Bacteria and Depression

Did you know that gut bacteria (of which there are approximately 100 trillion in your gut now) produce 95% of the body’s serotonin and the reduction of this chemical is a major factor in depression? The bacteria also produce and respond to other significant mood chemicals – GABA, norepinephrine, dopamine, acetylcholine and melatonin. Not only are the bacteria related to mood of depression but also anxiety. New research is changing the gut bacteria in mice and seeing shifts in their behavior which seems to be related to anxiety and depression.  Different bacteria create different mood states.

Other research is suggesting that leaky gut is related to depression. Leaky gut is related to regular use of antibiotics and pain killers, psychological stress, inflammatory disorders and other conditions. What does all this mean? Again it is found that there is a mind/body not a separate mind and a separate body. Taking good care of yourself physically yields benefits in terms of healthy emotions.

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November 24, 2013 - Posted by | Depression

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