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Neuroscience Saturdays: Probiotics can control emotion

In Neuroscience on June 8, 2013 at 7:22 am

Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, an associate professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine: “Our findings indicate that some of the contents of yogurt may actually change the way our brain responds to the environment. When we consider the implications of this work, the old sayings ‘you are what you eat’ and ‘gut feelings’ take on new meaning.”
We know the brain in times of stress sends signals to the gut resulting in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, slow motility, flatus, etc. This study shows that signals might travel the opposite way as well. Poor gut function may send stress and emotional signals to the brain!

Eating better at work may help reduce emotional response to events and feelings of stress. this may lead to clearer thinking in terms of providing safe care.
Keep your gut flora healthy for patient safety.

Read summary.
Read full article in Gastroenterology and decide for yourself if the evidence is there.

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