Gut Feelings—Mood and Microbiome

What is becoming clear is that the microbiome has a profound influence on our brains. The metabolites produced by the microbiome have a direct impact on brain development. They impact the production of mood altering neurotransmitters. They produce short chain fatty-acids like butyrate and propionate that feed the glial cells in our brains, and help it to remain healthy. The gut microbiome is likely a major factor in the presence of several mental and metabolic disorders. … More Gut Feelings—Mood and Microbiome

Blood and Guts–Microbiota and Metabolic Syndrome

It is so common to find high cholesterol, high blood sugar, obesity and high blood pressure together that doctors have a name for it—Metabolic Syndrome. It is a break down in the metabolism that affects all of our vital systems. It generally ends in a premature death through heart disease, stroke or complications due to … More Blood and Guts–Microbiota and Metabolic Syndrome

They’ve Got Us Covered

Our Several Trillion Closest Friends Americans today are germaphobic. We scrub, spray, and anoint ourselves with various antibacterial substances, and take antibiotics for nearly every illness. We believe that most illnesses are caused by germs, so that the more germ free we become, the healthier we’ll be. This mindset is not only misleading, but downright … More They’ve Got Us Covered