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The Root Cause of Anxiety and Depression That Few Suspect

The Root Cause of Anxiety and Depression That Few Suspect

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  • The secret to improving your mood and brain health is in your gut, as unhealthy gut flora can impact your mental health, leading to issues like anxiety, depression, autism and more
  • There is a close connection between abnormal gut flora and abnormal brain development, and just as you have neurons in your brain, you also have neurons in your gut -- including neurons that produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is also found in your brain and is linked to mood
  • Your gut bacteria are an active and integrated part of your body, and as such are heavily dependent on your diet and vulnerable to your lifestyle choices, including poor diet and taking antibiotics
  • Limiting sugar and eating traditionally fermented foods, taking a probiotic supplement and breastfeeding your baby are among the best ways to optimize gut flora and subsequently support brain health

By Dr. Mercola

When you think about strategies to achieve optimal brain performance, you may think about doing crossword puzzles or learning a new language... adding more sleep or even eating more omega-3 fats may also come to mind.

Most people would not automatically think about their gut when they think about brain health... but this is actually a perfect place to look, one that may very well hold the secret to improving your mood, mental health and preventing other brain-related diseases, like Parkinson's.

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