Bimuno is hitting the headlines again! Noted author, journalist and psychologist Dr. Max Pemberton has recently announced in his Daily Mail column that he’s begun taking Bimuno® DAILY prebiotic supplement.

There are many reasons one might choose to augment a diet with a prebiotic supplement. Dr. Max highlights that he doesn’t get enough fibre in his diet, and he’s not alone. In fact, surveys on behalf of Public Health England find that just 9%[1]of adults in the UK are reaching the recommended daily intake of fibre, 30g (including 5g of prebiotic fibre).

However, there’s also strong evidence that our gut can influence other important aspects of health, too. Dr. Max notes that our gut microbiome – the ecosystem of bacteria and other microorganisms in the gut – can have an influence on mood, stress and anxiety.

Have you ever wondered why our mental health is often closely tied to our gut? For instance, we can feel nauseous when we’re anxious, or get that familiar ‘butterflies in the stomach’ feeling! The secret could lie in the gut-brain axis. This is the channel of communication between the gut and brain, which could go some way to explaining why the gut seems to be so closely tied to our emotions.

The science behind how the gut influences other areas of the body is still relatively new, and we are still uncovering a lot about how pieces of the puzzle fit together. So far, we know that the relationship between the brain and the gut is not only about routes of neural communication, but also involves endocrine (hormone) and immune pathways[2].

Not only that, the gut is also capable of releasing some of the hormone chemicals and neurotransmitters that the brain produces to modulate mood and stress levels, including serotonin and GABA, or Gamma-aminobutyric acid.

The relationship appears to work the other way, too! Studies have demonstrated that cortisol, a stress hormone released by the adrenal gland, can have direct negative effects on the gut microbiome.

When the gut’s microbial balance isn’t right - a state known as dysbiosis- it could impact the gut’s ability to fight pathogens and viruses. They could become more easily attached to the gut wall and may cause problems such as sudden diarrhoea.

This relationship indicates that mental wellbeing and the gut microbiome are each capable of influencing the other. Although there’s much left to uncover in terms of which precise mechanisms of action are at work, it could indicate that perhaps in the future, we could manipulate the gut microbiome to create a positive impact on mental wellbeing, anxiety and stress.

If you’re looking for a fresh approach to supporting mental health, creating a rich and diverse gut microbiome could be a great place to start! Find out more on our blog ‘Feeling stressed? It’s time to trust your gut!’.

Dr Max prescribes... Bimuno fibre supplement I’ll admit it: since lockdown, my diet hasn’t always been great, lacking fibre in particular. In fact, most of us need to eat more fibre — it leads to a lower risk of heart disease, strokes, Type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. We are increasingly appreciating the vital role that our ‘microbiome’ (the types of bacteria we have in our guts) has, not only in our physical health but also our mental health, with bad bacteria being linked to stress, anxiety and depression.  So I’ve been taking Bimuno, which contains a type of fibre that helps nurture the good bacteria in your gut. It comes in small sachets of tasteless powder, which you can sprinkle over food or mix into drinks that you take daily. And it aims to work within a week.  

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