I Wish I Were a Scientist
How food and sustaining life are all about science.
I would love to know more.
My father was a scientist a chemical engineer to be exact. I am a chef and research chef. My career has been preparing/creating food for others. This is fairly new for me but it is intriguing. So here I am writing about your gut microbiome and the microbiota that lives within it…
Gut health” describes the function and balance of bacteria of the many parts of the gastrointestinal tract.
The idea that we have more cells of other organisms within us then what makes up our own body is astounding.
And they affect your health on many levels including your brain health and that means…
Gut bacteria produce hundreds of neurochemicals that the brain uses to regulate basic physiological processes as well as mental processes such as learning, memory and mood. For example, gut bacteria manufacture about 95 percent of the body's supply of serotonin, which influences both mood and GI activity.
IFT/ Purna Kashyap
“The gut and immune system have a very close relationship,” estimating that 70%–80% of immune cells are located in the gut. “Having a healthy microbiome is important for many aspects of immune health. Imbalances in the microbiota (dysbiosis) have been associated with inflammation and many chronic diseases.
Diet plays a very significant role in the health of our microbiome—the food we eat provides nutrients to support both the growth and diversity of our microbiota. A diverse diet rich in prebiotic and probiotic foods is optimal.”
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found in certain foods or supplements. Prebiotics are types of fiber that feed the friendly bacteria in the digestive system.
If you’ve ever “gone with your gut” to make a decision or felt “butterflies in your stomach” when nervous, you’re likely getting signals from an unexpected source: your second brain. Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this “brain in your gut” is revolutionizing medicine’s understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think.
Scientists call this little brain the enteric nervous system (ENS). And it’s not so little. The ENS is two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum.
Feeling something in your gut is a real thing, next time you feel it you will know that its about what you’re thinking, what’s on your mind. It is communicated from your brain to your gut and back through your vagus nerve.
The vagus nerve, historically cited as the pneumogastric nerve, is the tenth cranial nerve or CN X, and interfaces with the parasympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. The vagus nerves are normally referred to in the singular.
Communication pathways of the microbiota-gut-brain axis. Multiple hard-wired or direct (e.g. ENS and vagus nerve) and indirect (e.g. neurotransmitters, SCFAs, cytokines) communication pathways of the gut-brain axis are modulated by gut microbiota. These routes include the neural pathway (e.g. vagus nerve, ENS, neurotransmitters and neuroactive metabolites such as the SCFA butyrate), immune pathway (e.g. cytokines), and neuroendocrine pathways (e.g. gut hormone secretion such as peptide YY, neuropeptide Y, and glucagon-like peptide-1; cortisol secretion via the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis). Neuroactive dietary and microbially-produced metabolites modulate the microbiome-gut-brain axis to affect gut-barrier function, hormone secretion from enteroendocrine cells (EECs), neurotransmitter production by gut epithelium and microbiota, and enteric glial signaling which are relevant to neurodegenerative disease. Image was generated with BioRender.
Understanding is the catalyst to forming a foundation of wealth.