Gut bacteria and the brain: Are we controlled by microbes?

September 27, 2016
 By Alyssa
September 27, 2016
 By Alyssa

Gut bacteria and the brain: Are we controlled by microbes?

Good article for trying to understanding what could be causing a nutrition problem or if there is a unique link between the microbes between the brain and the stomach. Provides many informative links for the reader if they can’t find what they are looking in the article itself.

Key Takeaways:

  • The vast majority of these single-celled visitors are based in the colon, where no less than 1 trillion reside in each gram of intestinal content.
  • Estimating the number of bacterial guests in our gut is challenging; to date, the best guess is that 40 trillion bacteria call our intestines home .
  • Our guts are a matter of life or death. If the gut is empty, our brain must be told; if there is a problem with our gut that will hinder food processing and therefore nutrition absorption, the brain will need to be informed.

“Some species benefit us by breaking dietary fiber down into short-chain fatty acids that we can then absorb and use. They metabolize a number of compounds on our behalf and play a role in the synthesis of vitamins B and K.”

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