Did you know that your brain affects your gut health and your gut affects your brain health? This is called the gut-brain axis.
The gut-brain axis is made up of the nervous system, endocrine system, immune system as well as neurotransmitters, and gut microbes.
In this blog we focus on how your gut health interacts with your brain via your nervous system and how this can impact your mental health.
There is mounting evidence clearly indicating that a healthy gut can help maintain a healthy mind and vice visa. Don't just take our word for it. This is a topic of research that is continually developing but we collated a snapshot of research which demonstrates the links between gut health, the vagus nerve and mental health.
This latest research (July 2021) directly links the positive use of probiotics as an antidepressant and a anxiolytic, a drug used to reduce anxiety. (1)
Another interesting study in mice found that feeding them a probiotic reduced the amount of stress hormone in their blood. However, when their vagus nerve was cut, the probiotic had no effect (2)
This fascinating research shows that vagus nerve stimulation supports mental health conditions (3)
Take a look at the Challenge Wellbeing Gut Repair Kit. This kit has been specifically designed to help improve your gut health and your overall wellbeing.