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Yoghurt Barn

 

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Give yogurt some more brownie points.

 

It’s been known for some time that one’s gastrointestinal tract functions in essence as one’s “second brain”, lined with hundreds of millions of neurons. In fact, the gut manufactures more dopamine and serotonin, important neurotransmitters that powerfully influence mood and motivation, than does the “head” brain.

 

The accepted view has been that due to the blood-brain barrier, hormones produced in one’s g-i tract can’t travel to the brain. Nevertheless, the gut can generate nerve signals that can communicate with the brain and thereby influence mood.

 

A recent study has shown that addition of probiotics to one’s diet can potentially lower anxiety and heightened reactivity to negative experiences.

 

Researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA found that women who consumed a fermented milk product with probiotics for four weeks experienced changes in brain areas that regulate emotional processing.

 

The women involved in the study were healthy, without any digestive or psychiatric disorders. One group of study subjects received the fermented milk product (FMPP), another group received a non-fermented milk product (control group), and a third group received no treatment (no intervention group).

 

The first two groups were directed to consume their assigned milk product (125 grams, or about ¼ cup) twice a day, for 28 days. All study subjects were given detailed brain scans (functional magnetic resonance imaging) before and after the four-week intervention, to gauge how their brains responded to an attention task. The emotional faces task involved viewing human faces and matching them to negative emotions such as anger and fear.

 

Such a task measures both instinctive and conscious brain reactions to emotion-laden information. In other words, the task can pick up on minute shifts in emotion regulation.

 

… So, if you’re struggling with anxiety or tension, heading to the nearest market and stocking up on some yogurt or kefir might be worth a try.

 

Read in Full:

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/cultivating-contentment/2013/06/a-gut-feeling-probiotics-and-changes-in-brain-activity/#more-36

 



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