What does our gut health have to do with our mental health?

Many of the neurotransmitters in our brain responsible for mood are triggered by or produced from the state of our gut health. What is “Gut Health”? We are talking about the microorganisms and various bacteria that help in everything from digestion to serotonin production. As Dr. Rob mentions in the video, GABA, which is a calming neurotransmitter and the key regulator for anxiety control is produced through balanced intestinal health. Serotonin, the key neurotransmitter responsible for our mood is produced in your intestinal tract – but like GABA is properly regulated through a balanced level of “good” bacteria.

The two good bacteria mentioned in the video are lactobacillus helveticus and bifidobacterium longum. Those are found in the probiotic mentioned in the video by Garden of Life, Dr. Formulated Mood+. You can find it at most health food stores and online retailers. Learn more on the Garden of Life website.

Of course not all intestinal bacteria is good bacteria. Take a look at the image below for an overview of the common good and bad bacteria we can have at any time.  Understanding the sources of the bad bacteria can help you avoid the elements that contribute to their proliferation. The most common things that cause a growth in bad bacteria are contaminated food and antibiotics. Using a quality probiotic will help restore balance if the bad bacteria gets out of control.


We now know more about the relation of gut health and mental health. As the research continues to shed light on the overwhelming correlation with the two we will continue to bring you tips and natural treatments to try before going to prescription medication.

ReNue Health is located conveniently in Springboro, Ohio with easy access from Dayton International Airport, Cincinnati International Airport or the adjacent Wright Brothers Private Airport (MGY) for those travelling by private aviation. Click here for directions and contact information.

Only one visit is necessary to perform a comprehensive history, interview, and education. Follow up evaluations, adjustments and balancing of hormones are done by phone or written communications and a return visit to Dr. Rob is not necessary. Ongoing testing and adjustment is mandatory and performed through a laboratory convenient to your home.

In addition to the Ohio office, Dr. Rob sees new patients in Salt Lake City, Utah. Appointments for either location can be made by calling the main office number 937-350-5527 for information.