IBS and Depression: New Research Offers Hope


Over the years, there has been significant research and information supporting a strong relationship between gut and emotional health.

  • Data reveals that gut bacteria manufactures 95 percent of the body’s supply of serotonin, which influences mood

  • A published study discovered that probiotics may relieve symptoms of depression, as well as help gastrointestinal upset

  • People who took a daily Probiotic reported having fewer negative thoughts and feeling less sad

  • Evidence also shows that probiotics are important for psychological well-being and mood control

Now, a recent study offers even more proof and hope that Probiotics influence emotions, especially for individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).


There is Hope

This latest study shows that a specific Probiotic strain may help with depression in people suffering from IBS.

IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States. Symptoms include bloating, altered bowel movements, stomach pain, alternating constipation and diarrhea, gas, and more.

So, it comes as no surprise that long-term symptoms can affect a person’s mood. In fact, depression has been identified as a common psychiatric disorder in people suffering from IBS.

Researchers worldwide recognize that Probiotics influence intestinal health by achieving a healthy balance of good bacteria in a way that boosts mood.

And now, in this new study, investigators state, “The modification of gut bacteria by supplementing with Probiotics may be an alternative strategy to help improve depression (in people with IBS).”


A Natural Option

This latest research demonstrates the profound and overwhelming benefit of Probiotics for mental health. The study holds great promise for individuals suffering from the concerns of both IBS and mood disorders. It adds to the evidence suggesting gut bacteria communicates with the brain to influence a person’s frame of mind and their behavior.

As an added advantage, Probiotics have very few any adverse events or side effects, unlike many prescription drugs.

Depression is a serious disease and a healthcare professional should always be consulted before starting any type of treatment.  However, if you or someone you know is suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and depression, incorporating a high-quality probiotic may be beneficial to their emotional health.


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