Mental health has received a lot of recent media attention with high levels of mental illness being reported, particularly among adolescents and young adults.
The gut-brain axis is a two-way communication system between the brain and the gut. The system is regulated by direct vagal nerve signalling, hormone release and immune cell activity, linking the gut with brain activity and behaviour.
The causes of mental illness are undoubtedly complex and varied, involving genetic, social and environmental factors. A major development in this area is the dawning recognition that gut function influences brain activity, impacting on general mood but also mental health. This fascinating area is often referred to as the ‘gut-brain axis’, and the influence of the microbiome on this is starting to be realised.
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