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Probiotics May Relieve Depression

Guest : Mike Smith, MD
Summary: Probiotics may be able to do more than heal your gut.
Air Date: 9/9/15
Duration: 10
Host: Mike Smith, MD
Probiotics May Relieve Depression
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are two types of depression: major depression and persistent depressive disorder.

Major depression consists of severe symptoms such as persistent sadness, an inability to eat, sleep, or enjoy life, and thoughts of suicide.

Persistent depressive disorder is characterized by a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years.

There are several types of treatments that involve medications, psychotherapy and self-care. However, recent research published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity has suggested that probiotics may help alleviate depression.

True probiotics are a form of good bacteria found in supplements and foods. Most known for aiding in digestive health (constipation, upset stomach, diarrhea, cramping), probiotics also support immune function and help your body better absorb nutrients.

How can probiotics alleviate depression?

Listen in as Dr. Mike shares the recent research that shows how probiotics can relieve your depression symptoms.

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