The human gut is home to almost 100 trillion microorganisms which is called the gut microbiome
The microbes have an impact on our health outside our digestive tract they influence other organs and tissue through the neural networks
Then what is the connection between gut and anxiety ?
The gut interacts with the brain through the vagus nerve which can be activated through molecules found in the gut.
The gut is responsible for more than 90% of the body’s total serotonin and 50% of body total dopamine.
These neurotransmitters are responsible for mood and motivations and are created in the gut
When the gut is unhealthy or lacks the diversity of bacteria species the production of neurotransmitters will be altered
Patients with anxiety or depression compared to healthy groups were having difference in gut microbiome.
A healthy gut should have a diverse, stable, and robust microbiome with high gut lining integrity.