Psychobiotics are in yogurt, among other foods.

Psychobiotics: A Revolution in Psychiatry

Psychobiotics are microbes that lift your mood. Psychiatry needs them now.

What are psychobiotics? Despite their somewhat sinister-sounding name, psychobiotics are probiotics and prebiotics that can lift your mood and decrease anxiety. The word was coined by Psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Ted Dinan and colleague John Cryan, Chair of Anatomy and Neuroscience at University College Cork, in Ireland. These prolific investigators have pioneered research into the gut-brain axis, along with other scientists from fields as disparate as microbiology, immunology, psychiatry, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and neurology. Researching the gut-brain axis requires a surprising diversity of disciplines!

There are many reasons for people to feel depressed or anxious. Bereavement, for one, often leads people into depression. That is normal and expected, as long as it doesn’t linger too long. But for many people, the cause seems elusive. Surprisingly, the source of mental discomfort may lie in their guts. That turns out to be good news, because the microbes in your gut can be controlled by diet, exercise and supplements. The main way to settle your gut is to improve diversity, so that no single microbial species can dominate. How? By eating a diverse set of prebiotics and polyphenols like those found in Clarity Prebiotic Blend.

For more information, read this revealing article at Psychology Today. Find out why more psychiatrists are asking their patients about their gut health. If you have unexplained depression or anxiety, you owe it to yourself to fix your gut before you do anything else. What you discover could put a smile on your face!

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