Low levels of healthy gut bacteria can cause mental health issues
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 16:29 EST, 12 September 2013 | UPDATED: 17:07 EST, 12 September 2013
Some scientists think there may be a link between our digestive tract microbes and disorders such as anxiety, schizophrenia and autism.
They are beginning to recognise the power of healthy gut bacteria, especially seeing that the average adult carries up to five pounds of bacteria - trillions of microbes - in their digestive tract.
Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures, such as in yogurt, soy yogurt or as dietary supplements.
Probiotics are also delivered in fecal transplants, in which stool from a healthy donor is delivered like a suppository to an infected patient.
A study published in Nutritional Neuroscience from The Great Plains Laboratory, has shown that HPHPA levels - the chemical byproduct of the clostridia bacteria - are much higher in the urine of autistic children.
Those treated with antibiotics effective against clostridia show a decrease in symptoms of autism.