The Latest Research on the Gut-Brain Connection

If you have ever felt butterflies in your stomach or experienced a queasy feeling, or even had a ‘gut feeling’, then you know that there is a real connection between your gut and your brain. Many refer to the gut as the body’s “second brain” because of the complicated network of nerves in the digestive tract. This network of nerves, known as the enteric nervous system (ENS), regulates digestion and sends messages to the brain regarding the status of the gastrointestinal tract. The ENS can also alter brain health, affecting your thoughts and feelings. Scientists have known about the connection…. [Read More…]

I Took My Probiotics. I’m in a Great Mood.

You’ve heard us say that we’re made up of more bacterial cells than human cells. In fact, our gut is host to tens of trillion bacteria, and scientists are discovering more and more every day about the link between our brain chemistry and the bacteria in our gut. What you might not know is that our gut actually has a brain of its own – the enteric nervous system (ENS), and it’s often referred to as our second brain. No – it doesn’t actually work like the one in our head, but our brain and our gut are interconnected by…. [Read More…]

How Your Gut Influences Your Mood

As summer draws to a close and autumn bathes the great outdoors in color, most people start thinking about the holidays. Although the holidays are a time of cheer, they’re stressful for a number of people. Too many things to do and too little time to do them. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, the “winter blues” set in. Plus, we let our healthy lifestyle habits slip a bit and indulge in more holiday goodies! Believe it or not, a healthy gut plays a role in helping you maintain a sunny disposition during the cold winter months,…. [Read More…]

Chinese Medicine and Digestive Health

On January 31st 2014, we say goodbye to the Year of the Snake, and welcome the Year of the Horse. We wish all of our customers a happy and healthy Chinese New Year. It is interesting to take a look at traditional Chinese medicine, and see the similarities with the principles that underpin our work with probiotics. Our philosophy is that the gut and intestines form a “second brain”, which is strongly connected to our primary brain. Great intestinal health leads to stronger natural defenses, a brighter mood, a healthier body, and fewer digestive issues. Similarly, traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes…. [Read More…]