This Ted X Food for thought – How your belly controls your brain?

Watch this Ted Talk to learn about Ilya Metchnikoff, the father of Probiotic movement and a Nobel Prize Winner. The discovery of the Vagus Nerve that connects the Brain and the Gut, acting as a second brain. Learn more about the influence of our gut microbiota on the way we feel and our body functions.

Ilya Metchnikoff, the father of Probiotic movement and a Nobel Prize Winner.

Ilya was a big believer of the probiotic yogurt acting as a shield against the most common diseases. His brave experiments with self- injecting diseases such as Cholera and his body self-defence that he attributes to the consumption of probiotic drinkable yogurt was an inspiration behind creating Danone. This legendary man also proved that the probiotics found in drinkable yogurt delay the ageing processes in the human body and prolong life.

Johns Hopkins research on the “brain in your gut”

The second brain called the enteric nervous system (ENS) which consists of more than 100 million nerve cells. There is a direct link between the gut microbiota to your digestion, mood, health and even the way you think.

Common in our population Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS), Constipation, Diarrhea, bloating and upset stomach are signs of unhealthy microbiota that leads to mood changes.

Scientists now have a new approach to treating depression and anxiety by changing the gut’s microbiota.

Probiotics help with lactose intolerance.

Kefir is a provocative way to look at dairy that sometimes people have concerns with. Yet, not many are aware that fermentation virtually gets rid of lactose, turning it into lactic acid.

The most natural environment for probiotics to thrive is milk and they have adapted to use lactose (milk sugar) as food. The micro-organisms use a special enzyme (lactase) to turn lactose into beneficial lactic acid, helping your digestion in everyday life.

There are 90% of them to 10% of you.

Surprisingly, the majority of the cells in our body are not human, those are the bacteria cells. Hence, those are the majority that controls our body and the life we experience on a daily basis. Biologist Alanna Collen draws on the latest scientific research to show how our personal colony of microbes influences our weight, immune system, mental health, and even our choice of partner. She argues that so many of our modern diseases—obesity, autism, mental illness, digestive disorders, allergies, autoimmune afflictions, and even cancer—have their root in our failure to cherish our most fundamental and enduring relationship: that with our individual colony of microbes. The good news is that unlike our human cells, we can change our microbes for the better. Life—and your body—will never seem the same again.