Healthy and Unhealthy Gut Bacteria

Since the January 10, 2014 posting, Psych Central: “Antibodies in GI Tract Linked to Greater Risk for Bipolar Illness”, research on gut bacteria has increased exponentially regarding how good bacteria plays a positive role for the mind and body, and in particular cognitive difficulties that can manifest from unhealthy bacteria.  The following are links for additional literature concerning both kinds of bacteria:

 

Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut (California Institute of Technology (Caltech.edu), April 9, 2015)

Immune system uses gut bacteria to control glucose metabolism (Science Daily, November 14, 2016)

Gut microbiome contributes to Parkinson’s, study suggests (MedicalNewsToday.com, December 2, 2016)

Likely Connection Between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Gut Microbiome (Psychiatry Advisor, May 17, 2016)

The Gastrointestinal Tract Microbiome and Potential Link to Alzheimer’s Disease (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health – Frontiers in Neurology, April 4, 2014)

The tantalizing links between gut microbes and the brain (Nature, International Weekly Journal of Science, October 16, 2015)

 

The following resource is a brief presentation by Dr. Samuel Hunter:

[VIDEO] “Gut Bacteria and Multiple Sclerosis”

 

 

Vikki

 

 

Novels, Imagery – Cognitive and Life Advantages

There are several positive aspects to bring forward about imagination.  Let’s begin.

  • Radio Dramas.  Imagination.  The subject got me thinking about the generations of people who were alive before television was invented.  They listened to radio dramas, became accustomed to visualizing, got involved with the plight of the characters, and listened everyday to those programs.

Audio books, and the following resources, are fun and relaxing activities to improve this important cognitive function.

    1. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Fiction Podcasts
    2. BBC Radio Dramas
    3. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Fiction Podcasts

Vikki

Reading – A Cognitive Function*

Books

If you’re like me, you love reading!  And the more we read the more proficient we become in language skills, and improve other cognitive areas.

A thrilling mystery and literature are two of my favorite genres to read during leisure time. What are some of yours?

*Would you believe I had a slight stuttering problem as a child?  True.

Vikki