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Depression: A Gut Feeling?

In the scientific publication, “Influence of Tryptophan and Serotonin on Mood and Cognition with a Possible Role of the Gut-Brain Axis.” (2016) in the 8th volume and 56th issue of Nutrients, authors Jenkins, Nguyen, Polglaze and Bertrand explain how the amino acids Tryptophan and Serotonin affect depression, anxiety, sleep, memory and more through the gut-brain axis. This is a summary and interpretation of their findings. GUT-BRAIN AXIS The direct link between the intestines (gut) and the brain through the vagus nerve and dorsal root ganglia (DRG) is a hot topic in scientific circles right now. The idea that the food we eat and the microbes that live in our gut may actually impact our mood, behavior and social interactions is...

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Obesity, Fatty Liver and Colon Cancer: Are You Growing Gut Friends or Foes?

In the publication, “The Influence of the Gut Microbiome on Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Gastrointestinal Disease,” found in the 6th volume of the Journal, Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology (2015), authors Parekh, P. et al. review the role of the GI tract microbes in human diseases. This is a summary and interpretation of their findings.   THE BATTLEFIELD With almost 1,000 different species (not individuals, species) of bacteria living in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract, there is a lot going on in there! Our gut can be a GI “battlefield” full of friends who help us by breaking down toxins, feeding us nutrients, and producing energy for our bodies, or a field full of enemies breaking through holes in our intestines,...

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The Gut Jigsaw Puzzle

We have an ecosystem of bacteria, yeast, viruses, parasites and more living in our intestines (actually, all over and in our bodies)! They communicate, compete for food and space, kill each other, feed each other, make vitamins, by-products and more. One microbe affects the others and vice versa. And, all of them affect you!

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