Gut Feelings

As much as the medical and mental health community likes to think they know a lot about the causes and treatment of various mental health issues, the fact is, THEY DON'T.

An increasing number of studies are showing a strong brain-body connection, particularly with regard to the gut. Anything from auto-immune disorders to mood disorders could have origins or be influenced by how healthy the gut is and what bacteria are present and in what numbers.

Understanding this connection could open up a whole new world of treatment options, which may someday include popping a customized pro-biotic instead of a prescription pill. This would be bad news for the pharmaceutical companies, but good news for the rest of us!

Read more: What The Bacteria In Your Gut Have To Do With Your Physical And Mental Health

Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post.

Kari Silverberg