A team of researchers has analysed the composition of the intestinal microbiota of Buddhist monks to determine the impact of meditation on health. Many studies have shown the positive impact of regular meditation exercises on physical and mental health. Reduced anxiety, modulation of emotions, regulation of attention... these are just a few examples that can be cited. In addition, more and more scientific studies have confirmed the influence of the intestinal microbiota on the brain, with an action on mood, stress, and cognition via the microbiota-gut-brain axis. Therefore, a team of researchers has put forward the following hypothesis: could it [...]
How are the gut and the brain connected?
In his latest book, "The Mind-Gut Connection," Emeran Mayer MD, a gastroenterologist and professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), denounces the traditional mechanistic and martial approach to treating the disease, which consists of repair the damaged part without looking at the body as a whole and without knowing its origin. Already at the medical school, Emeran Mayer was not convinced by this traditional approach of medicine and it was during his third year he wanted to study how the brain interacts with the body in the hope of better understanding some diseases especially chronic diseases whose functioning [...]
BOOK – L’intestin, notre deuxième cerveau : tout savoir de cet organe complexe et de son rôle clé pour la santé
Professor Francisca Joly Gomez is a professor of nutrition, nutritionist and gastroenterologist. In her book “L’intestin, notre deuxième cerveau”, she details the roles of the different parts of the digestive system and also the close connection between the intestine, the brain and other organs. She explains to us the primary function of our gut in the food metabolism to ensure the proper functioning of our body. Supported by scientific arguments, she also discusses about: the impact of various deficiencies on our body, certain digestives pathologies such as Crohn’s diseases, irritable bowel syndrome…, extra-digestive diseases such as asthma and Parkinson’s disease. To [...]
It is well known that bacteria constituting the intestinal microbiota interact with the brain and can influence our mood. However, scientists thought that the brain was sterile, i.e. without any bacterium thanks to the blood brain barrier considered as a filter. But it would seem that a cerebral microbiota exists. This has been suggested by a laboratory from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, at the Society for Neuroscience congress. The researchers studied 34 brains of dead people with schizophrenia or in good health to get these preliminary results. No brain showed inflammation signs. They observed rod shapes by microscopy in each [...]
The intestinal microbiota is a critical point in our well-being and our health. We know that many pathologies or discomforts can result when this one is unbalanced. It is also accepted that the intestines and the brain are closely linked. The gut microbiota is a major player in ensuring the good communication between these two organs. We also know the involvement of intestines and intestinal microbiota in immunity : nearly 70% of immune cells are hosted by our intestines ; and a healthy microbiota limits the proliferation of harmful agents in our body. Do you know that the intestinal microbiota can impact immune [...]
The birth of a new child in a family is always a source of joy and happiness. But for some women, baby's arrival at home creates in them a blues, named "baby blues". Baby blues is usually temporary and only lasts a few days. If after several weeks no change is observed, we speak then about postnatal depression. In France, the number of women affected by the postnatal depression is estimated at 15%. The most common symptoms include sleep disturbances, excessive tiredness , difficulty concentrating, irritability and disorders in mother-baby interaction. To help moms, a team of New Zealand researchers was interested in the [...]
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What if the intestines were able to control some of our emotions? This is what a team of researchers at the University of Los Angeles UCLA suggests ...