Gleeful Guts

Eat better to feel better? Now that’s un-BELLY-lievable!


This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying…


Ever felt upset after a stomach ache? There might be more of a connection than you think.


Enter Shanlin Ke and a team from Harvard with a DIGESTIBLE solution.


Previous work has shown our guts may have some influence on moods. The group wanted to link types of gut bacteria to measures of wellbeing and happiness. To do so, they distributed surveys and collected stool samples from over two hundred women. Then, they were able to correlate what types of bacteria matched with mood trends.


Hungry for results? Chew on this! They found either positive or negative emotion scores had distinct bacterial profiles in the gut. Meaning, there could be some cross communication between your gut and your feelings!


This study shines more light on the connection between our guts and brains. It might lead us to happier and healthier lives!


Talk about a GUT feeling!


Ke, S., Guimond, A., Tworoger, S., Huang, T., Chan, A., Liu, Y., & Kubzansky, L. (2023). Gut feelings: Associations of emotions and emotion regulation with the gut microbiome in women. Psychological Medicine, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S0033291723000612