You know how when you’re feeling stresses or anxious, you “feel it in your gut?” Well, it turns out that this connection between your gut and your brain is real – and it may even be a two-way street.
Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles have conducted a proof-of-concept study with healthy women that showed when they consumed probiotics – beneficial bacteria – through yogurt, it altered their brain function. While the findings are extremely preliminary, they do show that there is a connection between the organisms that live in the gut and the brain. This indicates that what we consume affects more than just our metabolism. In fact, the consumption of probiotics like those found in Hiland Dairy Yogurt may have beneficial effects on emotional symptoms such as anxiety. The research is just beginning, but it has the potential to open up a whole new avenue of ways to treat a variety of chronic brain-related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and autism.
In any case, you already knew that yogurt is a delicious, nutritious way to get your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs. Now there’s one more reason to love it!