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The discovery that gut bacteria can boost our mood may herald a new way of treating mental health conditions



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| Leader

4 September 2019

Bacteroides found in the human gut can effect your state of mind

Dennis Kunkel Microscopy/SPL

“KILLS all known germs” was once an effective advertising slogan. Now we know this promise isn’t as desirable as it might sound. Not all “germs” are bad. In fact, you couldn’t survive without help from the many microbes that live on and within you.

A thriving microbiome isn’t just essential for your physical health, though. In the latest twist to this story it turns out that microbes in your gut also influence your mood.

These so-called psychobiotics are intimately entwined with us from birth. They …

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