Benefits of Probiotics: Brain and Gut Connection
Probiotics have become quite the buzzword in recent years, with numerous studies showing their potential to improve digestion, immunity, and overall health. But what are the mood benefits of probiotics? And what is the brain and gut connection?
Did you know that certain strains of probiotics have been shown to support our stress response and also support our mental health? As awareness of the gut-brain connection grows, more people are turning to probiotics as a way to boost both their physical and mental wellbeing. In this post, we'll explore the idea of “probiotics with a purpose” - namely, how specific strains can help support mood and elevate feelings of wellbeing.
The Connection Between Gut Health and Mental Health
First, let's review the basics of the gut-brain axis. The gut is often referred to as our "second brain" due to its extensive network of neurons and neurotransmitters. This complex system communicates with the brain via the vagus nerve, sending signals that can impact everything from our appetite to our stress response. This communication is a two-way conversation. The gut talks to the brain and the brain talks to the gut.
Researchers have found that disturbances in the gut microbiome - the trillions of bacteria that live in our digestive system - can contribute to mental health issues such as low mood and nervous mood. In fact, numerous studies have found that people with these issues tend to have less diverse and less healthy gut microbiomes than those without them.
The Role of Probiotics in Mood Support
So, what can we do to support our gut health and potentially improve our mental wellbeing? One option that we are excited about here at Lifted Naturals is to turn to probiotics. These beneficial bacteria can help replenish the gut microbiome and promote a healthy balance of bacterial strains.
Some probiotic strains in particular have been linked to improved mood and emotional regulation. For example, Bifidobacterium Longum 1714 and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG, which are two strains found in our various mood probiotic formulas here at Lifted Naturals. These specific strains can provide very real, noticeable benefits from probiotics.
Choosing the Right Probiotic Strains
It's important to note that not all probiotics are created equal when it comes to mood support. Different strains can have different effects on the body, and the beneficial effects may vary from person to person.
As mentioned above, one strain that has shown promise in both digestive and mental health is Bifidobacterium Longum 1714. This probiotic strain is known for its ability to help modulate stress in healthy participants. (SOURCE) Additionally, promising preliminary studies have found that B. Longum 1714 can also be helpful with memory and cognitive function.