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Gut Health & Disease

  Gut health & disease Introduction We’ve recently begun to understand the importance of our bodies’ microbiomes. Microbiomes are populations of microbes—tiny microorganisms like bacteria and fungi—that live in and on our bodies. We have microbiomes in our mouths, on our skin, and of course, in our guts. Gut health and mental health You are not only what you eat, but also how it affects your gut. The gut is connected to the brain, and vice versa. This means that any problems in the digestive system can result in symptoms similar to those of neurological disorders like autism or schizophrenia. There are many different parts of the brain involved with digestion including: The Hypothalamus-Pituitary Axis (HPA) axis runs from your hypothalamus down to your pituitary gland which then releases hormones that signal other organs (like your adrenal glands) The Sympathetic Nervous System is responsible for controlling bodily functions such as heart rate and sweating when we're stressed o