Optimize digestion, absorption and elimination, because your brain depends on it (and so does your immunity and hormone balance—it’s all connected). Clean up your act and get your probiotics on. Your microbiome is the key to your overall health, including your mental & emotional health.
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01. Gut feelings: The "second brain" in our gastrointestinal systems
There is a superhighway between the brain and GI system that holds great sway over humans
02. When gut bacteria changes brain function.
Some researchers believe that the microbiome may play a role in regulating how people think and feel.
03. How the microbiome will lead a revolution in the consumerization of personalized medicine and diet.
Will we look younger, eat healthier and eliminate chronic diseases one day thanks to the human gut microbiome?
04. Gut flora: You and your 100 trillion friends
Jeroen Raes is a bionaut, he researches the human microbiome. What he's discovered in his lab at the Flanders Institute of Biology could herald a major breakthrough not just in gastro-intestinal medicine, but in our fundamental knowledge of the human biology.
05. Gut bacteria spotted eating brain chemicals for the first time
Bacteria have been discovered in our guts that depend on one of our brain chemicals for survival. These bacteria consume GABA, a molecule crucial for calming the brain, and the fact that they gobble it up could help explain why the gut microbiome seems to affect mood.
06. How your social life changes your microbiome
A growing number of studies, including two recent ones with chimps and baboons, have shown that social interactions affect the composition of the microbiome. Through hugs, handshakes, and even hip-checks, we translate our social networks into microbial ones, transferring benign or beneficial microbes to our neighbors, and acquiring theirs in return.
07. Thousands of years of poop science prepared humans to master gut flora gardening
Long before learning about salmonella and shigella bacteria, humans intuited that what ails us and what heals us can be found in what we leave behind.
08. Heal your gut, heal your brain
Find out how nourishing your gut microbiome can make you happier and more relaxed.
09. The neurohacker’s toolbox: psychobiotics & the gut-brain connection
Enter psychobiotics, defined as ‘living organisms that on sufficient ingestion produces a health benefit in those patients with psychiatric illnesses.’ (a.k.a. probiotics and prebiotics).
10. Gut may be key to preventing parkinson’s
Cells located in the intestine spark an immune response that protects nerve cells, or neurons, against damage connected with Parkinson’s disease.
11. Gut bacteria can cause, predict and prevent rheumatoid arthritis
The bacteria in your gut do more than break down your food. They also can predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis.
12. Beneficial bacteria may protect against breast cancer
A new study says that certain bacteria is more abundant in the breasts of healthy women, and may actually be protecting them against cancer, while women with breast cancer have higher levels of a detrimental type of bacteria.
13. 20 foods to cut colon cancer risk
Up to 90% of colon cancer cases can be linked to diet. Let food be your medicine.
14. Stool size matters
Size, frequency and speed matters when it comes to moving your bowel for greater colon health.
15. How to fix your brain
The ultimate arbiter of fatigue is actually situated right between your ears. That’s right: it’s your brain.
16. See how exocrine pancreatic insufficiency affects digestion
What happens with the pancreas fails to produce enough enzymes needed to digest food? Check out this digestion animation and see how intestinal function is related to the pancreas.
17. What digestive enzyme is produced by the liver?
The liver is the largest gland in the body. Here’s and explanation of bile – how it’s produced and why it’s necessary.
18. Leaky gut syndrome – also known as intestinal permeability
Leaky Gut Syndrome is an intestinal dysfunction underlying many diseases. It is a common problem that is rarely recognized. Nutrient deficiency, “brain fog”, toxicity, and antibody formation are just a few of the effects.
19. Declining in older adults, colorectal cancer jumps in the young
It’s not just for those over 50 anymore. Diagnosis of colorectal cancers is growing exponentially in ages 20 – 49 and expected to double by the year 2030. Researchers suspect Western diet and sedentary lifestyle play a large role in this shift.
20. Side effects of screening colonoscopies
the rate of serious complications from colonoscopy screening is “10 times higher than for any other commonly used cancer-screening test.”
21. When pills fail, this, er, option provides a cure
Fecal transplants may sound disgusting, but this controlled study gives strong evidence to support what many have known to be effective where all else has failed.
22. The excrement experiment
People with colon conditions and intestinal infections caused by bacterium Clostridium difficile are now in full recovery thanks to healthy poop transplants from friends and loved ones.
23. The fecal transplant guide book
After extensive research, Sky Curtis created the first successful fecal transplant home protocol for Crohn's Disease to heal her son from this crippling illness. This book offers step by step instructions for healing many intestinal diseases.
24. Ulcerative colitis in remission with a paleo diet
Though the doctor said there was no specific proof, fortunately he still gave the recommendation that would make all the difference. In this testimonial, one patient shares how clean eating and digestive care changed her life and hopes to inspire others.
25. Plant compounds give '1-2' punch to colon cancer
The combination of two plant compounds that have medicinal properties -- curcumin and silymarin -- holds promise in treating colon cancer.
26. Chris Wark's chemo-free colon cancer survival story
27. Sauerkraut could be the secret to curing social anxiety
The latest addition to this growing body of research comes from psychologists at the College of William & Mary, and finds a link between a diet high in fermented foods and reductions in neuroticism and social anxiety.
28. Brain maker foods
The best of probiotic and pre-biotic foods for gut-brain health
29. New glutathione-boosting probiotic
Glutathione protects DNA and many people are deficient. And restoring it is not as easy as taking a supplement. A new probiotic has been isolated that supports the body in producing glutathione intracellularly.
30. Meet your second brain: The gut
How what's going on in your gut could be affecting your brain.
31. The brain in your gut
Food scientist Heribert Watzke tells us about the "hidden brain" in our gut and the surprising things it makes us feel.
32. Autism's gut-brain connection
This two-way relationship may be an unlikely key to solving one of medicine’s most pressing — and perplexing — mysteries: autism.
33. Connections between gut, brain, and immune system strengthened
The interaction between gut and brain has recently been implicated in a number of brain-based disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, depress and anxiety.
34. Gut feelings: The future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach
The right combination of stomach microbes could be crucial for a healthy mind
35. Acne vulgaris, probiotics and the gut-brain-skin axis - back to the future?
Looks like probiotics may be the answer to one of the biggest teenage (and adult) problems.