Food for Thought: Probiotics may relieve winter depression

CIARA: WITH THE DARK WINTER DAYS AND THE HOLIDAYS, STUDIES SHOW UP TO 26 PERCENT OF US CAN HAVE THE WINTER BLUES OR MORE SEVERE DEPRESSION PROBIOTICS MAY HELP WITH THAT

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NANCY DELL EXPLAINS IN TONIGHT'S FOOD FOR THOUGHT NANCY: OUR GUT IS OFTEN CALLED OUR SECOND BRAIN WE FEEL EMOTIONS THERE THINGS ARE GUT WRENCHING OR WE GET BUTTERFLIES IN OUR STOMACH SO IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT HEALTHY BACTERIA IN YOUR GUT CAN PRODUCE "FEEL GOOD " BRAIN CHEMICALS AND REDUCE YOUR BODY'S STRESS RESPONSE

IN ONE STUDY, PEOPLE WITH MAJOR DEPRESSION TOOK A PLACEBO SUGAR PILL OR PROBIOTICS RESEARCHERS USED PROBIOTICS THAT YOU WOULD TYPICALLY FIND IN MOST YOGURTS AFTER EIGHT WEEKS, PATIENTS WHO RECEIVED THE PROBIOTIC HAD SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED SCORES ON STANDARD DEPRESSION TESTS COMPARED TO PEOPLE WHO TOOK THE PLACEBO IN A SECOND STUDY, HEALTHY PEOPLE TAKING PROBIOTICS FOR 30 DAYS HAD IMPROVED ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, STRESS, AND COPING STRATEGIES SO EAT FERMENTED FOODS HIGH IN PROBIOTICS LIKE YOGURT, KEFIR, AND FERMENTED VEGETABLES TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE WINTER BLUES

WITH FOOD FOR THOUGHT, I'M NANCY DELL