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The Links Between Food, Gut Microbiomes and Depression

A new study examines these relationships

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.

That’s slowly changing. The largest analysis of depression and the gut microbiome to date, published in December, found several types of bacteria notably increased or decreased in people with symptoms of depression.

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