Gut Bacteria & Maternal Stress | A Mother's Legacy

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We know that gut bacteria are critical for nutrient absorption and for immunity, and I have discussed their role in mental health and wellness, but this study and others explore how we may be set up from very early in life to deal with a suboptimal intestinal environment.

  • Mice stressed by fox odor, temporary restraints, and nighttime lighting, during their first trimester were found to be vaginally colonized by different bugs than those leading a more typical existence.
  • These bugs were notably deficient in lactobacillus strains.
  • Their offspring went on the have colonic bugs that looked like their mother's and were found to influence the expression of 20 genes relevant to brain physiology.

Vaginal birth may be a critical component of healthy colonization, but managing stress through a nutrient dense diet, exercise, and daily relaxation may assure that your gut colonies are what you need them to be for a more stress-resilient existence. Read the study yourself.

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About Dr. Kelly Brogan

KELLY BROGAN, MD, is a holistic psychiatrist, author of the New York Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your OwnOwn Your Self, the children’s book, A Time For Rain, and co-editor of the landmark textbook Integrative Therapies for Depression. She is the founder of the online healing program Vital Mind Reset, and the membership community, Vital Life Project. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from M.I.T. in Systems Neuroscience. She is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. Learn More