How our gut microbes influence our behaviour.

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J Neuroendocrinol. 2013 May;25(5):517-8. doi: 10.1111/jne.12027.

How our gut microbes influence our behaviour.

Abstract

It is well established that gut bacteria help to maintain a healthy intestine by providing nutrients and guarding against pathogens. Recent evidence however suggests that their actions reach beyond the gut, as they appear to influence various aspects of host physiology, ranging from the regulation of food intake to behaviour and mood. Bacteria and their metabolites can interact with the host via routes involving the immune, nervous and endocrine system.