Optimize Gut-Brain

Optimize digestion, absorption and elimination, because your brain depends on it (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 mental & emotional balance. 

Handpicked. From education to self-care solutions.


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

via Scientific America →

02. When gut bacteria changes brain function.

Some researchers believe that the microbiome may play a role in regulating how people think and feel.

via The Atlantic →

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?

via Techcrunch →

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 human biology.

via TedX →

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.

via New Scientist →

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 sharing food and drink, kisses, hugs, handshakes, and even hip-checks, we translate our social networks into microbial ones, transferring pathogenic, benign or beneficial microbes to our neighbors, and acquiring theirs in return.

via The Atlantic →

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.

via Inverse →

08.  Heal your gut, heal your brain

Find out how nourishing your gut microbiome can make you happier and more relaxed.

via Chris Kesser →

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).

via Neurohacker →

10.  Gut may be key to preventing Parkinson’s

Researchers find cells located in the intestine spark an immune response that protects nerve cells, or neurons, against damage connected with Parkinson’s disease.

via Futurity →

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 help us predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis, and prevent it.

via Science Daily →

12.  Beneficial bacteria may protect against breast cancer

A new study says that certain beneficial bacteria are 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.

via Bioscience Technology →

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.

via GreenMedInfo →

14.  Stool size matters

Size, frequency and speed matters when it comes to moving your bowel for greater colon health.

via Nutrionfacts.org →

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.

via Ben Greenfield Fitness →

16.  See how exocrine pancreatic insufficiency affects digestion

What happens when the pancreas fails to produce enough enzymes to digest food? Check out this digestion animation to see how intestinal function is related to pancreatic health.

via Identify EPI →

17.  What digestive enzyme is produced by the liver?

The liver is the largest gland in the body, and the maker of bile stored in the gallbladder. Get an explanation of bile—how it’s produced and why it’s necessary—to know how to prevent gallbladder surgery.

via Livestrong →

18.  Leaky gut syndrome – also known as intestinal permeability

Leaky Gut Syndrome is an intestinal dysfunction underlying many diseases, especially autoimmune disorders. It is common and often undiagnosed. Nutrient deficiency, “brain fog”, toxicity, and antibody formation are just a few of the effects.

via Crohns →

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 loaded with herbicides and pesticides and sedentary lifestyles are the culprits.

via LA Times →

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.” Hint: The scopes can tear the intestinal membrane, and they're really, really, really hard to disinfect.

via Gut Sense →

21.  When antibiotics fail, FMT provides a cure

Fecal Microbiota Transplants may sound disgusting, but this controlled study gives evidence to support what many people who have cured ulcerative colitis and c. difficile infections already know. Some healthy poop from a donor is a cheap effective solution.

via New York Times →

22.  The excrement experiment

People with colon conditions and intestinal infections caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile are now in full recovery thanks to healthy fecal transplants from friends and loved ones.

via The New Yorker →

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.

via Amazon Books →

24.  Ulcerative colitis in remission with an organic 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 cutting grains, herbicides and pesticides changed her life and gives hope for others.

via The Paleo Diet →

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.

via Science Daily →

26.  Chris Wark's chemo-free colon cancer survival story

Chris Wark's Square One Healing Cancer Coaching Program healed his colon cancer without chemotherapy. Anyone can do it. It's all in what you eat.

via Chris Beats Cancer →

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.

via Huffington Post →

28.  Brain maker foods

The best of probiotic and pre-biotic foods for gut-brain health.

via David Perlmutter  MD →

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.

via Suzy Cohen →

30.  Meet your second brain: Your gut

What's going on in your gut affects your brain. Think gutbrain.

via Mindful.org →

31.  The brain in your gut

Food scientist Heribert Watzke tells us about the "hidden brain" in our gut and the surprising ways it makes us feel.

via Ted Talks →

32.  Autism's gut-brain connection

This two-way relationship may be the key to solving one of medicine’s most pressing — and perplexing — mysteries: autism.

via OZY →

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, depression and anxiety. 

via Medical News Today →

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 and happy emotions.

via The Verge →

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 problems—skin acne.

via Gut Pathogens →