Gut Bacteria May Up the Risk of PTSD; Make these Dietary Changes to Keep Your Gut Healthy

Your gut health may predict your overall health; according to a study published in the Journal Psychosomatic Medicine, gut bacteria may help predict the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a life-threatening trauma.

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Gut Bacteria May Up the Risk of PTSD; Make these Dietary Changes to Keep Your Gut Healthy

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  1. Your gut health may predict your overall health
  2. Gut bacteria helps predict the risk of developing post-traumatic stress
  3. Gut bacteria or microbiome also influences the brain and brain function
Your gut health may predict your overall health; according to a study published in the Journal Psychosomatic Medicine, gut bacteria may help predict the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a life-threatening trauma. PTSD is a serious psychiatric disorder, which can develop after a person experiences a traumatic event. However, not everyone exposed to traumatic event will develop PTSD, and several factors influence an individual's susceptibility, including living conditions, childhood experiences and genetic makeup.

It is now believed that the gut bacteria or microbiome also influences the brain and brain function by producing neurotransmitters/hormones, immune-regulating molecules and bacterial toxins. "Our study compared the gut microbiomes of individuals with PTSD to that of people who also experienced significant trauma, but did not develop PTSD," said Stefanie Malan-Muller, postdoctoral fellow at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

"We identified a combination of three bacteria (Actinobacteria, Lentisphaerae and Verrucomicrobia) that were different in people with PTSD," said Malan-Muller, who collaborated with researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder in the US for the study. Individuals with PTSD had significantly lower levels of this trio of bacteria compared to trauma-exposed control groups, researchers said. However, researchers are unable to determine whether this bacterial deficit contributed to PTSD susceptibility, or whether it occurred as a consequence of PTSD.

To avoid certain health problems in the longer run, it is imperative to alter your diet to keep your gut healthy. Here are some foods that will help prevent any problems in the gut.

1. Fermented foods

There is nothing like fermented food items to boost your gut health, from classic curd to other foods like kefir, kombucha , et al. Load up on foods rich in pro and prebiotics.

2. Turmeric

The main ingredient of turmeric is curcumin which stimulates the gall bladder to produce bile and further facilitates the breakdown of large fat globule, thus improving digestion.

3. Almonds

Magnesium content present in almonds controls gastric acid production, gastric emptying, intestinal motility and bile secretion, further keeping your gut healthy.

4. Spinach and Beetroot

Spinach and beetroot are excellent sources of Betaine HCL to increase your haemoglobin. Betaine HCL is a hydrochloric salt of betaine that serves as a gastric juice acidifier.

With Inputs from PTI


 

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