Have you ever wondered how to cure anxiety naturally? Well, the latest research may be pointing us toward an important truth. This recent study, by Christopher Lowry and his team, has the neuroscience world stirring.
The affects of our gut flora on our mental well-being has been marked as one of the top 10 findings in brain research for 2016(2). Let us discuss the science behind Dr Lowry’s findings and why our gut flora directly impact stress, anxiety and depression.
The Gut Brain Axis
If you’re thinking, the gut brain who? I can tell you that you’re not alone. The research into the connection between our gastrointestinal tract and brain is cutting edge. It’s in its infancy in comparison to most. However, the breakthroughs that are coming out of the clinical world will rock you.
This study accomplished by Dr Lowry and his team of scientists is showing that the gut brain connection is far more important than dictating appetite.
The brain is connected to the gut through a major nerve that runs throughout our body called the Vagus. This nerve connects to the brain and has been known to regulate emotional behavior and influence our nervous system(3).
There are trillions of nerve receptors in our gut. Those receptors connect to the Vagus nerve and that nerve connects directly to our brain along the spine. This connection of the mind, nervous system and gut is something of particular interest to Dr. Lowry.
Mental Health and Good Gut Bacteria
This study seeks to exemplify that there is a connection between Probiotics and Anxiety (1). Within the clinical trial they took a male alpha mouse and put a heat killed microorganism, in this case M. Vaccae, into its gut.
The mice that had this organism implanted in their body showed reduced stress when another dominant alpha male was introduced into their environment for 19 days. They also found that this good bacteria increased the synthesis of Serotonin(1).
The findings are marvelous. Yet, the intention of this study and the many more that Dr. Lowry and his team will be conducting are controversial. They intend to prove that the lack of healthy microorganisms in our diet is causing major psychiatric problems in urban communities(1).
Gut Brain Connection; Anxiety
What this study and many like it are showing is that the lack of good bacteria in the modern day diet is troubling. The side effects seem to be chronic inflammation (1).
Increased inflammation, especially on a chronic level, is being discovered to cause major psychiatric problems such as anxiety and depression (1). This study only emphasizes the importance of reintroducing good gut bacteria into our bodies.
We need to be increasing the amount of fermented foods we consume. If you experience any kind of sorrow, anxiety or depression adding the following into your diet may clear them up.
- Lactofermented Vegetables
- Organic Raw Milk Cultured Cheese
- Organic Kefir
- Organic Yogurt (cow, sheep, or goat)
- A Probiotic Supplement
These are only a few of the foods we can consume. A mix of healthy fermented vegetables of all kinds is never a bad thing.
The research is budding and bringing forth important findings. We must begin to heal our gut. Having horrendous gut bacteria from processed foods, CAFO meat, convetional dairy and antibiotics is giving us much more than an upset stomach.
The Vagus nerve runs throughout our entire body. The effects of parasites, bad bacteria, pathogens and gut imbalance are far reaching. The implications of this study are that our food is dictating our mood and emotions.
What are some fermented foods that you’re going to implement immediately? Do you have any more that you would add to the list?