Do you experience cravings for particular foods? Recent research on the gut-brain axis suggests that the microbes in your gut could strongly influence your food choices. Read on to learn how your gut microbes can manipulate your behaviour and, in turn, how you might manipulate your gut microbes to curb food cravings.
Written by Catherine Guthrie, Illustrations by Kotryna Zukauskaite Your intestines are home to a great deal of your digestive system, nervous system, and immune system. Here’s how to keep them healthy. Modern life is hard on your gut. Your entire digestive tract can be affected by stress, processed foods, alcohol, medications, and bacteria. All that chronic irritation can lead to inflammation and, eventually, to a lot of little pinprick-style leaks in the very thin and delicate lining of your intestinal wall. And even a tiny leak can cause surprisingly big problems. A healthy gut is very selective about what gets passed...
Did you know that the bacteria in your body outnumber your body’s cells 10 to 1. It’s true, and most of them reside in your gut. Having the right bacteria in there has even been linked to numerous health benefits including weight loss, improved digestion, enhanced immune function, better skin and a reduced risk of many diseases.
Pick a disease or disorder, and somebody, somewhere, has said that a probiotic supplement—an over-the-counter, unregulated pill usually filled with a single strain of friendly gut bacteria—might cure it, whether it’s cancer, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or a yeast infection.