Episode 57

New Insights into the Gut-Brain Axis with Scott Anderson


October 13th, 2020

1 hr 6 mins 9 secs

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About this Episode

For anyone fascinated by the gut-brain connection, this episode is sure to pique your interest. Scott C Anderson is a scientist, science journalist and co-author of the book, The Psychobiotic Revolution. With great enthusiasm, he brings us up to speed on gut-brain axis centred research – from the relationship between gut health and depression, to the role psychobiotics and diet in the management of mental health conditions.

** Highlights **

  • Origins of research on the gut-brain axis (5:20)
  • Chronic inflammation at the root of mood disorders (11:00)
  • Markers used to assess gut health (14:30)
  • The role of the vagus nerve in gut-brain cross-talk (21:20)
  • Does poor gut health cause depression? (23:40)
  • The relationship between gut health and ASD (28:00)
  • Drawing our focus to cognitive health (33:00)
  • What role does the small intestine play in disease? (37:00)
  • Exploring the use of psychobiotics (42:30)
  • Therapies to keep an eye on (57:25)

Useful links and resources: e.g:
Book –The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection
Amazon link to purchase book - https://www.amazon.com.au/Psychobiotic-Revolution-Scott-C-Anderson/dp/142621846X
Website - http://psychobiotic-revolution.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/Psychobiotic
Psychology today link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/mood-microbe