The gut-brain axis: influence of microbiota on mood and mental health. - GreenMedInfo Summary
The Gut-Brain Axis: Influence of Microbiota on Mood and Mental Health.
Integr Med (Encinitas). 2018 Aug ;17(4):28-32. PMID: 31043907
The gut-brain axis is a bidirectional communication network that links the enteric and central nervous systems. This network is not only anatomical, but it extends to include endocrine, humoral, metabolic, and immune routes of communication as well. The autonomic nervous system, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, and nerves within the gastrointestinal tract, all link the gut and the brain, allowing the brain to influence intestinal activities, including activity of functional immune effector cells; and the gut to influence mood, cognition, and mental health.