MIND-ALTERING MICROORGANISMS: The impact of gut microbiota on brain and the food we choose.

Microbes have the capacity to manipulate behavior and mood through altering the neural signals in the vagus nerve, changing taste receptors, producing toxins to make us feel bad,and releasing chemical rewards to make us feel good.

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Fortunately, it’s a two-way street. We can influence the compatibility of these microscopic, single-celled houseguests by deliberating altering what we ingest, Maley said, with measurable changes in the microbiome within 24 hours of diet change.

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