Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Gut bacteria affect your brain

More and more evidence is showing up that your microbiota can affect your mental health.  In other words, eat you probiotic yogurt.

Is Your Gut Making You Depressed or Anxious?

Turns out “gut feeling” is more than just a fancy name for intuition. Our small and large intestine, and the trillions of bacteria that call it home, are more important than ever imagined for influencing our mood, our anxiety, our choices, and even our personalities. This week Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen goes straight for the gut with three surprising mind-gut connections.

Ellen Hendriksen, PhD | December 23, 2016 |

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February 17, 2017 Posted by | brain, diet, health, nutrition, psychology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Your Microbiome Wants for Dinner

Certainly changed how I viewed diets… another must-read.  Consider getting the authors’ book.

What Your Microbiome Wants for Dinner

You may think twice about your diet when you follow the metabolic fate of your food.

By David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé | December 10, 2015 | Nautilus

(Excerpted from The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé. Copyright © 2016 by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé.)

January 3, 2016 Posted by | diet, health, nutrition | , , | Leave a comment

Eat your fibre

More on the importance of gut bacteria.

How the Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution

Burgers and fries have nearly killed our ancestral microbiome.

By Moises Velasquez-Manoff | November 12, 2015 | Nautilus

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November 13, 2015 Posted by | health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

You Are Surrounded by Clouds of Skin and Fart Bacteria

“The world is covered in a fine patina of feces.”   Good to know. Or maybe not.

Your Body Is Surrounded by Clouds of Skin and Fart Bacteria

Nick Stockton | 09.22.15 | Wired

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October 11, 2015 Posted by | health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How “probiotic epidemics” help wildlife—and us—survive

Pretty amazing how much we are dependent on a bunch of “low life”s.

When Evolution Is Infectious

How “probiotic epidemics” help wildlife—and us—survive

By Moises Velasquez-Manoff | October 1, 2015 | Nautilus Continue reading

October 2, 2015 Posted by | environment, evolution, genes, health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

Evidence is starting to come in that our gut bacteria not only affect our health, but also our behaviour.

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think.

By PETER ANDREY SMITH | JUNE 23, 2015 | New York Times Magazine

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July 9, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, health | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment