Wednesday, August 7, 2013

'You Are What You Eat' and 'Gut Feelings' Take On New Meaning

In a recent UCLA study published in the journal Gastroenterology, researchers have discovered evidence that bacteria we ingest in food can affect how our brain functions.  In a study of healthy women, they found that women who regularly consumed beneficial bacteria known as probiotics showed altered brain function in both a resting state and in response to an “emotion-recognition” task.

This discovery carries significant implications for future research that could point the way toward dietary or drug interventions to improve brain function, the researchers said.

"Time and time again, we hear from patients that they never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut," Tillisch said. "Our study shows that the gut–brain connection is a two-way street."

Researchers have known that the brain sends signals to the gut, which is why stress and other emotions can contribute to gastrointestinal symptoms. This study shows what has been suspected in the medical community (but known by chiropractors since 1895): those nerve signals travel the opposite way as well.

This is one of the reasons that people with intestinal and digestive problems like “heart burn”, diarrhea, and constipation can frequently get relief from chiropractic care.  To learn more about this study, click here.  To see if Chiropractic can help you, call (303) 463-0722 and schedule an appointment today!

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