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The link between our food, gut microbiome and depression

By Jessica Wapner

31 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Did you know your gut and your brain talk? New research has taken a crucial step forward in understanding the relationship of gut bacteria to what we eat and how we feel, The Washington Post reports.

Research has long suggested a link between our diet and our mental health. The gut microbiome - the collective genome of trillions of bacteria that live in the intestinal tract that are created largely by what we eat and drink - appears to influence our mood and mind-set.

But human studies large enough to pinpoint what bacteria matter, if they matter at all, have been missing.

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