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Food for thought

Vanessa King of Action for Happiness, author of 10 Keys To Happier Living, recommends The Psychobiotic Revolution – Mood, Food And The New Science Of The Gut-Brain Connection by Scott C Anderson, John F Cryan and Ted Dinan

‘You are what you eat’ is an age-old aphorism, but a more accurate version might be, ‘We are what we feed our microbiome’ – the trillions of different ‘friendly’ bacteria that live in our gut, and on which we rely for maintaining physical health and, it seems, how we feel emotionally, too. These bacteria aid digestion, produce certain vitamins and also impact brain function. Researchers have found that our gut has a direct, two-way connection with our brain through the vagus nerve. Feeling overly stressed, for example, impacts the balance of bacteria in our gut and vice versa – the particular mix of microbes in our gut also influences our stress response.

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