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The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis: What you need to know for brain and gut health

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The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis:

What you need to know for brain and gut health
Until recently, we didn’t know how much our gut and brain interacted. Some people thought that our brains controlled everything we did, consciously and subconsciously.

They were wrong!

Some of us have a sense that there is a connection because we often feel emotions in our gut. For example, when we’re scared we can get a “knot” in our stomach. Or, feeling sad or anxious can affect our appetite and the number of bathroom trips we need to make. Plus, many digestive issues often come with mood issues.

Recent research confirms a gut-brain connection, a.k.a. “axis.” This microbiome-gut-brain axis is stronger and different than we had imagined. And with new technology, we’ve been able to study the gut microbes in a way that was not possible just a few years ago.

Let’s talk about how your gut microbes, your gut itself, your brain, and your mental health are all interconnected and influence each other! Plus, we’ll dive into some “mood foods,” as well as stress reducing activities that can help with gut issues.

Subsections of the article:

  • The gut and microbiome
  • The microbiome-gut-brain axis: The observations
  • The microbiome-gut-brain axis: The nerve connections
  • The microbiome-gut-brain axis: The biochemical connections
  • The microbiome-gut-brain axis: The immune and inflammatory connections
  • Mood foods
  • What about probiotics?
  • Reduce stress for your gut
  • Conclusion

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