Can probiotics help ease depression?

Probiotics and probiotic blends may be available over the counter at your local grocery or pharmacy. You can also add probiotic foods to your diet, such as yogurt. Photo: Pexels

(Stephanie A. Wright/ Psych Central) –– Probiotics help improve digestive health, immune function, weight loss, and more. They may even help with symptoms of depression.

Did you know that you have more bacteria than cells in your body, and most of it lies in the belly?

Your gut, aka your “second brain,” has its own little nervous system with millions of neurons. That’s why what’s in your gut can impact your brain. It can change your brain chemistry and improve your mood.

There are helpful and harmful bacteria out there. Taking a probiotic is a way to let in some good ones.

Probiotics have many health benefits, including helping to improve mood. (…)