FEB 23, 2016 06:57 AM PST

Can Bacteria Talk to Your Brain?

Your Microbes and Mental Health

Your brain and your digestive system are intricately linked. They interact so closely that some say they should be taken as one system. The link is the vagus nerve, a direct neuronal connection between the gut and the brain. It turns out the gut can bidirectionally communicate with the brain via the vagus nerve, known as the gut–brain axis.

Not only does an individual’s microbiome affect overall health and disease, but also can impact mental health. Anger, anxiety, stress, sadness and excitement can all trigger digestive symptoms, and the other way around. Depending on the balance of “good” vs “bad” bacteria in the gut, one’s personality can be dominantly aggressive, fearless, calm, or shy. Keep yourself and your gut healthy!
 
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Source Links:
The Kavli Foundation
NPR
Johns Hopkins Center
Scientific American
Psychology Today
Harvard Health Publications
AskMen
The Conversation
Good Therapy

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  • I love all things science and am passionate about bringing science to the public through writing. With an M.S. in Genetics and experience in cancer research, marketing and technical writing, it is a pleasure to share the latest trends and findings in science on LabRoots.
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