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Probiotics may Improve mood, fight depression

Updated: Sep 23

Probiotics have become pretty well-known as crucial bacteria and yeasts that benefit your digestive system. Probiotics are the good bacteria necessary to maintaining good health, unlike the harmful bacteria that can cause diseases.

Plenty of research shows probiotics help treat irritable bowel syndrome, infectious diarrhea, some skin conditions, and oral health. They’re often found in Greek yogurts and can be ingested in supplement form to maintain a healthy gut. Now scientists are beginning to research their overall health benefits.

A new study from the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition at Leiden University in the Netherlands suggests that probiotics improve mood. They might be an excellent way to fight anxiety or depression or make you feel better after a bad day.

The people who took probiotic supplements began to see improvements in their moods; they reported less reactivity to sad moods than those who took placebos. In other words, the people who took probiotic supplements were better able to overcome low spirits than the others and thus had fewer depressive thoughts following bouts of sadness.

The probiotic supplements contain three types of probiotics Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, and Lactococcus; they have beneficial properties to mitigate anxiety and depression.

Above abstract source: Lecia Bushak from www.medicaldaily.com

Studies show that probiotics are anti-inflammatory microbes in the gut and have overall beneficial effects on mental issues. Probiotics may decrease stress signaling in the body and increase the transformation of the amino acid tryptophan to serotonin in the brain.

To improve mental health, besides taking probiotics supplements, you can have acupuncture treatment as well.

Ping’s Acupuncture Treatment for mental health

To achieve the best results for our patients, before we give a standard acupuncture treatment with needles, we also give Ping’s meridian massage (Dr. Lu’s unique techniques). Acupuncture focuses on deep, specific acupuncture points to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, and rebalance hormones. The meridian massage helps reach a much wider surface area, allowing blood and energy to flow more effectively to relax muscles and relieve the body’s tension, tenderness, and soreness. When both techniques work together, the results are more effective. After the treatment, patients feel very relaxed, calm, happy, and energetic.

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