Optimize Gut-Brain

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. 

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 the 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 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.

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

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 predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis.

via Science Daily →

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.

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 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.

via Identify EPI →

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.

via Livestrong →

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.

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 and sedentary lifestyle play a large role in this shift.

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.”

via Gut Sense →

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.

via New York Times →

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.

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 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.

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

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: The gut

How what's going on in your gut could be affecting your brain.

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 things it makes us feel.

via Ted Talks →

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.

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, depress 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

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 (and adult) problems.

via Gut Pathogens →