Gut Brain Axis

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Digestion and emotion have long been treated separately in medicine and science, like dots far apart on a map. Despite the phrase “gut feeling” that implicitly connects the belly and the brain, the reality is that gut physiology, microbes, and the mind have all been studied independently. It’s why, when you walk into a doctor’s office complaining of both constipation…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

Digestion and emotion have long been treated separately in medicine and science, like dots far apart on a map. Despite the phrase “gut feeling” that implicitly connects the belly and the brain, the reality is that gut physiology, microbes, and the mind have all been studied independently. It’s why, when you walk into a doctor’s office complaining of both constipation…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

We all have a second brain, located in our gut, which influences our mood and even our well-being. It consists on hundreds of million of neurons, more than the spinal cord has, and it is embedded in the walls of our gut. Its main job is transmitting information from the microbiota to the brain and the other way round. And…

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We all have a second brain, located in our gut, which influences our mood and even our well-being. It consists on hundreds of million of neurons, more than the spinal cord has, and it is embedded in the walls of our gut. Its main job is transmitting information from the microbiota to the brain and the other way round. And…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

"If you want to live longer, don’t be alone, surround yourself with people you love and with whom you can share life’s moments." More and more doctors are giving this kind of advice to their patients, as socialising is believed to help us live longer and healthier. It could also act as a protective shield against much-feared neurodegenerative diseases like…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

"If you want to live longer, don’t be alone, surround yourself with people you love and with whom you can share life’s moments." More and more doctors are giving this kind of advice to their patients, as socialising is believed to help us live longer and healthier. It could also act as a protective shield against much-feared neurodegenerative diseases like…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

The relationship between the gut microbiota and the brain is a burning issue currently under the scientific community's microscope and it is a fascinating subject for those who hear it being discussed... Researcher Elaine Hsiao, from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), gave us an interview at the 4th Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit 2015, in which she explained…

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GMFH Editing Team

The relationship between the gut microbiota and the brain is a burning issue currently under the scientific community's microscope and it is a fascinating subject for those who hear it being discussed... Researcher Elaine Hsiao, from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), gave us an interview at the 4th Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit 2015, in which she explained…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

Since ancient times, many cultures around the world have included foods rich in microbes - friendly bacteria able to give a helping hand to our microbiota and overall health – in their traditional diet. Scientists are starting to better understand the role of these microorganisms and how they can have a positive impact on the health of our gut. At…

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Since ancient times, many cultures around the world have included foods rich in microbes - friendly bacteria able to give a helping hand to our microbiota and overall health – in their traditional diet. Scientists are starting to better understand the role of these microorganisms and how they can have a positive impact on the health of our gut. At…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

Research & Practice

Recent research has shown the presence of gut dysbiosis related to a shift in short-chain fatty acids in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Besides this, constipation is a major nonmotor feature of PD and little is known about whether probiotics and prebiotics could improve constipation in patients with PD. A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, led by Dr. Emanuele Cereda…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

Recent research has shown the presence of gut dysbiosis related to a shift in short-chain fatty acids in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Besides this, constipation is a major nonmotor feature of PD and little is known about whether probiotics and prebiotics could improve constipation in patients with PD. A recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, led by Dr. Emanuele Cereda…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

The Gut Microbiota for Health editing team is proud to bring you the latest document in our "Best of" series: Gut Microbiota & Gut-Brain axis! Understanding more about how the gut microbiome influences the bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain is poised to change how we think about our mental health. This document, hot off the press, covers…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

The Gut Microbiota for Health editing team is proud to bring you the latest document in our "Best of" series: Gut Microbiota & Gut-Brain axis! Understanding more about how the gut microbiome influences the bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain is poised to change how we think about our mental health. This document, hot off the press, covers…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an inflammatory condition considered one of the most common forms of senile dementia, and previous research in mice has shown that changes in gut bacteria could enhance inflammation and amyloidosis. Besides this, metabolic alterations such as insulin resistance and glucose metabolism dysregulation and altered lipid metabolism have also been linked to the development of AD. Studies…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an inflammatory condition considered one of the most common forms of senile dementia, and previous research in mice has shown that changes in gut bacteria could enhance inflammation and amyloidosis. Besides this, metabolic alterations such as insulin resistance and glucose metabolism dysregulation and altered lipid metabolism have also been linked to the development of AD. Studies…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Recent research has given important insights into the role of gut microbiota alterations in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Although motor deficits (including tremor, bradykinesia and rigidity) are the cardinal symptoms of PD, non-motor symptoms (NMS) (constipation, gastrointestinal disturbances, sleep disturbances and sensory alterations, among others) are also apparent and affect PD patients’ quality of life more negatively than the motor symptoms.…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Recent research has given important insights into the role of gut microbiota alterations in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Although motor deficits (including tremor, bradykinesia and rigidity) are the cardinal symptoms of PD, non-motor symptoms (NMS) (constipation, gastrointestinal disturbances, sleep disturbances and sensory alterations, among others) are also apparent and affect PD patients’ quality of life more negatively than the motor symptoms.…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

It has been reported that nitrate-containing compounds found in certain foods—typically, processed meats, leafy vegetables, chocolate and some wines—as well as food preservatives and nitrate-containing drugs may trigger migraines as a side effect, but the possible mechanistic connection between nitrates, gut microbiome and the likelihood of experiencing migraines is unknown. A recent study, led by Rob Knight from the Department…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

It has been reported that nitrate-containing compounds found in certain foods—typically, processed meats, leafy vegetables, chocolate and some wines—as well as food preservatives and nitrate-containing drugs may trigger migraines as a side effect, but the possible mechanistic connection between nitrates, gut microbiome and the likelihood of experiencing migraines is unknown. A recent study, led by Rob Knight from the Department…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados