Serotonin-The Mind-Body Connection

Serotonin-The Mind-Body Connection

You may have heard of Serotonin in the context of depression. In fact, treatment with antidepressants balances out this neurotransmitter for many people. We think about serotonin as only a brain neurotransmitter, but recent research says that it also operates as a hormone and can be found in the intestines! That’s right. Researchers at Caltech […]

Gut Inflammation And Food Additives

Gut Inflammation And Food Additives

In my last post, I talked about intestinal inflammation caused by TNF. Now, another research study has proposed that inflammation is also caused by food additives, such as emulsifiers that alter the intestinal environment (microbiome). Emulsifiers, according to Encyclopedia Britannica are “any of numerous chemical additives that encourage the suspension of one liquid in another… […]

Crohn’s Disease- Diet and Nutrition, Medicine of Choice

Crohn’s Disease- Diet and Nutrition, Medicine of Choice

With so many people concerned about their diet, it is no surprise that research continues on how to treat disease with the foods we eat, or don’t eat. The intestines and their inhabitants, our bacteria, or microbiome, have a tremendous impact on our immune system. Researchers at Newcastle University in England and University of Michigan […]