Gut micro biome’s link to the brain: yes, bacteria in your intestines might influence how you think and feel

Down in your large intestine live trillions and trillions of helpful bacteria and other microscopic creatures, collectively known as your gut microbiome. These critters help digest your food, keep you in good health, and — according to new research — influence your thoughts.

A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Behavioral Medicine has appeared to identify a link between the gut microbiome and human behaviour and emotion for the first time.

A University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) research team profiled 40 women, taking MRI scans of their brains as they viewed images designed to provoke emotional responses, and also collecting poo samples from all of them (a gross but necessary step to map the gut microbiome).

 

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This is How Loving-Kindness Meditation Transforms Your Brain

The benefits of mindfulness meditation are well-known, but one type of mindfulness meditation, loving-kindness meditation, works particularly well when it comes to sharpening your capacity for compassion and empathy. The beauty of this meditation is that it shows you that you can practice being loving and kind just as much as you can practice a headstand or your latest balance pose – and you can become far better at it, too.

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