Gut feeling: study links depression to digestive bacteria...Bacteria in the gut may affect our mental well-being and could be linked to depression, researchers said on Monday after conducting the largest study of its kind so far...Scientists in Belgium now believe that a wide range of gut bacteria can produce chemicals that significantly impact the brain, including several microorganisms linked - positively or negatively - to mental health. The experiment, known as the Flemish Gut Flora Project, examined depression data and stool samples from more than 1,000 people and found that two types of bacteria were 'consistently depleted' in those who suffered from depression. This held true even if patients were on anti-depressants. Scientists' understanding of how the gut and brain are linked is in its early stages, and the researchers acknowledged that their findings, published in the journal Nature Microbiology, could be considered controversial..."
Numerous Bible verses on the bowels, the belly, etc., show that the brain and the belly are linked. They reveal that emotional well-being, etc., are felt in the belly, and in some ways affected by it. Notice:
Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
We feel hurt in the bowels.
Proverbs 20:30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
Proper discipline, when responded to properly, can cleanse our emotions, and bring joy and peace to life (see Hebrews 12, etc.).
Song of Solomon 7:2 Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.
In the above verse, we see that "Dr. Solomon" was thousands of years ahead of modern researchers. He tells us, through poetic language, that the Lily Family, with grains properly prepared (organic, soaked, sourdough, fresh, etc.), aid in our gut health, and our feelings of happiness. Researchers are finding that fiber and pre-biotics help feed the good bacteria of the belly. Garlic, onions, leeks, and shallots are in the Lily Family. They help good bacteria multiply in the gut, and this leads to feelings of wellness.
There is so much more in the Bible on this subject. Explore some of the audio messages on this site, and dig into the Word of God. It is a lamp to our feet, as well as our bellies!