Dr. Kenna D. Venekamp

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Gut Bacteria and Mental Health: How Microbiome Affects Moods

Gut Bacteria and Mental Health: How Microbiome Affects Moods

Your brain and the bacteria in your gut might seem like an unlikely duo, but together they affect your mood more than you may know. For every cell in your body, there exist ten bacterial cells. Most of these organisms live in your gut. Collectively these gut-dwelling bacteria are referred to as the microbiome.  What is the Microbiome? The microbiome consists of trillions of bacterial cells. Beneficial and harmful bacteria alike coexist in the gut. Every individual has a unique balance of bacteria that can vary due to genetics, diet, and environment.  Your DNA predetermines the bacteria you’re born with. Then,…
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