When you realize that your brain and your gut are more connected than you might have ever imagined, the phrases “having a gut feeling” or “butterfly in your belly” takes on a whole new feeling. But it is true; the health of your gut plays a major role in other aspects of your health including your mental health. Read on to find out how. 

What is Microbiome?

The term microbiome refers to the diverse population of bacteria present in your gastrointestinal tract. The balance of the population of these bacteria has a major effect on the health of your gut. But much more, the effect may also extend to your neurological health. 

How does Micro-biome affect mental health?

There are strong speculations in the world of neuropsychology that mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and many others are connected to the alterations in microbiome balance. It is believed that a disruption in the normal balance of these gut bacteria can lead to a chain of reactions in the immune system and trigger inflammations that lead to diseases in other parts of the body. The major reason why the brain is affected by this is due to the neurological pathway between the brain and the GI tract known as the “gut-brain axis.” Research has shown that an infection in the mucosal membrane in the GI tract could disrupt this gut-brain axis and interfere with normal brain health. 

What can you do?

Since a healthy gut supports good overall body and mental health, you must take action to maintain a healthy microbiome. This involves maintaining a healthy population of beneficial microbes in your GI tract. There are a number of recommendations for this which includes: 

  • Eating a balanced diet 
  • Including probiotics and prebiotics in your diet 
  • Taking commercial supplements like Microbiome Balance, known to support good microbial balance in the gut. 

Final Thoughts 

As we celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month & Self Improvement Month in September, you should take decisive steps to take care of your mental health. One of the lesser-known ways to do this is to pay attention to the health of your gut. Research has shown that there is a connection between what you eat and your health. This applies, not just to maintain a wholesome body, but to your mental health as well.