Blue Monday and the nine drug-free ways to boost your frame of mind –

Posted: January 20, 2020 at 7:56 pm

Says Prof Veale: Early research in this field has taken the faeces of depressed and non-depressed patients which carry their gut bacteria and transplanted them into the guts of germ-free mice and the animals that received the poo from depressed patients became more withdrawn, inactive and showed signs of depression. Fascinating.

But while there has been no research showing a specific probiotic pill can help lift mood, what we do know is having a diverse healthy diet can help our guts. That means eating a diet rich in foods which contain probiotic gut bacteria such as fermented kefir (milk drink), cheeses such as blue cheese (finally something cheese is good for), kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut as well as a wide variety of vegetables and fruits which contain prebiotics that help feed that gut bacteria like a fertiliser so it grows. Particularly good prebiotic vegetables and fruits include bananas, artichokes, asparagus, chicory, onions, garlic, savoy cabbage, chickpeas, beans and lentils.

When it comes to lifting mood, most of have a tune or two that always delivers. But according to new research conducted by the British Academy of Sound Therapy, we need to listen to just five minutes of music to feel happier and listening to 78 minutes of music a day can help improve emotional wellbeing, the study found.

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