Monday, November 23, 2015

Psychobiotics

Are you wondering what "psychobiotics" has to do with our spiritual wellness? Well, according to recent research (Zhou & Foster, 2015), there is a clear "gut-brain axis" that reflects the relationship of various bacteria in the gut (microbes) and mental health or illness. The mechanism is primarily via the vagus nerve which provides a major pipeline between the gut and the brain.


The finding, which confirms previous animal studies, asserts that the presence of Bifidobacterium actually produces an increase of calming neurotransmitters like Dopamine and Serotonin. If you accept the notion that various foods influence emotional states (like sugar in the brain) and that we pair our emotional states with the people in our lives, then you can see how influential a good meal is to bonding with your disciple.

The importance of sharing a meal in the bonding process is why we must incorporate eating into our outreach. Besides, since eating is a biological necessity, we are willing to eat with mot everyone. So, consider how Eat, Read & Pray can transform your relationship.
Zhou, L. and Foster, J. A. (2015). Psychobiotics and the gut-brain axis: In the pursuit of happiness. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 11, 715-723




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