Article: Mind-altering microorganisms: the impact of the gut microbiota on brain and behaviour

Abstract from article:  Recent years have witnessed the rise of the  gut  microbiota as a major topic of research interest in biology. Studies are revealing how variations and changes in the composition of the  gut  microbiota influence normal physiology and contribute to diseases ranging from inflammation to obesity. Accumulating data now indicate that the  gut  microbiota also communicates with the CNS – possibly through neural, endocrine and immune pathways – and thereby influences brain function and behaviour. Studies in germ-free animals and in animals exposed to pathogenic bacterial infections, probiotic bacteria or antibiotic drugs suggest a role for the  gut  microbiota in the regulation of anxiety, mood, cognition and pain. Thus, the emerging concept of a microbiota-gut-brain axis suggests that modulation of the  gut  microbiota may be a tractable strategy for developing novel therapeutics for complex CNS disorders.
Click underlined link here for full article:  Gut-Mind Connection article
Due to the fact that I didn\’t get to hear the seminar I wanted too this weekend, I decided to do my own research into the Gut-Mind Connection.  Its a very insightful article, hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did 🙂  Be aware and eat with care 🙂
Ref:  Cryan, J, & Dinan, T 2012, \’Mind-altering microorganisms: the impact of the gut microbiota on brain and behaviour\’,  Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 13, 10, pp. 701-712, Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost, viewed 1 March 2015.

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