Research into how our microbiomes and gut health impacts our health is growing area of interest. But what about the relationship between our gut health and brain/ mental health?
In part 4 of our series on nutrition and mental health, we speak with Dr. Stephen Collins of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario to explore the relationship between the microbiome and mental health. Dr. Collins describes the so-called “gut-brain axis” and what this two-way information highway does for our bodies. He tells us what a healthy gut looks like, and how gut bacteria play a role in the development and functioning of our brains. He explains how diet can impact our gut bacteria, and how the current state of knowledge in this area is promising and further research could provide avenues for new treatments for those who suffer from mental health conditions.
Other episodes in our Nutrition and Mental Health podcast series:
- Nutrition and Mental Health (Part 2): Eat Complete with Dr. Drew Ramsey
- Nutrition and Mental Health (Part 3): Stress-Induced Eating and Food Addictions with Dr. Ashley Mason
- Nutrition and Mental Health (Part 4): The Microbiome and Mental Health