Eat and drink your probiotics people! A new Scientific American article, Microbes Manipulate Your Mind, talks about how our stomach cultures affect our very way of being:
In the past few years scientists have been discovering that these microscopic inhabitants of our body may be subtly altering our moods, emotions and perhaps even our personalities. Gut microbiota appear to alter gene activity in the brain and the development of key regions involved in memory and learning. These denizens of our intestines could help explain why psychiatric symptoms vary among individuals, as well as their responses to medications. Gut microbes could also account for some of the differences in mood, personality and thought processes that occur within and among individuals.
Thus by taking care of your body you are you taking care of your mind and spirit as well. Add some yoghurt, miso, tempeh, dark chocolate (score!) and delicious, home-brewed Kombucha to your diet, notice if you feel any different. Methinks you will!