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An imbalance of gut bacteria can affect mental health – news

The balance of bacteria that work in our gut is essential for the proper functioning of the body. On the other hand, imbalance interferes with the development of some diseases such as anxiety and depression.

Dr. Ricardo Barbouti, from the Department of Gastroenterology at Das Clinics Hospital, School of Medicine of the University of the South Pacific (University of São Paulo), notes that “no disease has a single cause”, but that the intestinal microbiota “regulates the presentation of these diseases”.

“First, you have to have a genetic predisposition to this, and then there are the environmental factors that cause these genes to be expressed in one form or another. Among the environmental factors involved in the expression of these diseases, we have the intestinal flora. It is well known that germs modulate the presentation of these diseases. “They facilitate their appearance, interfere with treatment, and interfere with development. But this does not mean that this is the cause of everything, because there is no disease that has a single cause.”

This is partly because the gut is responsible for producing 30 hormones, including 95% of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that works in regulating mood, sleep and appetite, among other functions.

Other autoimmune diseases are also linked to a bacterial defect called dysbacteriosis. Barbouti cites celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as “classic examples”.

How to find out?

A gastroenterologist says you should be aware of the body’s signals. He says that germs are expected to change in any disease.

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“If you are not feeling healthy, you likely have a degree of imbalance in your germs.”

There are some components that interfere with dysbacteriosis: poor diet, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol consumption, some of them.

However, changing to a healthier lifestyle, with regular physical exercise and an adequate diet, can reset your germs.

Plus, there are also probiotics, which are nothing more than complementary to bacteria. But you need to be aware because there are many strains that act differently. The doctor also warns that probiotic mixtures can have negative effects.

If chosen correctly – which is why medical monitoring is recommended – probiotics can be allies in treating diseases.

Barbouti cites depression and anxiety disorders.

“When you have an imbalance of germs that interfere with these diseases, if you use strains that have been specifically studied for this to show that they somehow improve the development of these diseases, you call these probiotics as biopsychology. Show able to intervene in some way, whether it is This reduces anxiety and improves the degree of depression … ”

However, he cautions that probiotics should not be used alone in treatment. He concludes, “They are serving as an additional aid.”