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The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection

The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection

by Scott Anderson, John Cryan, Ted Dinan


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Written by the leading researchers in the field, this information-rich guide to improving your mood explains how gut health drives psychological well-being, and how depression and anxiety can be relieved by adjusting your intestinal bacteria.

This groundbreaking book explains the revolutionary new science of psychobiotics and the discovery that your brain health and state of mind are intimately connected to your microbiome, that four-pound population of microbes living inside your intestines. Leading medical researchers John F. Cryan and Ted Dinan, working with veteran journalist Scott C. Anderson, explain how common mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety, can be improved by caring for the intestinal microbiome. Science is proving that a healthy gut means a healthy mind—and this book details the steps you can take to change your mood and improve your life by nurturing your microbiome.

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ISBN-13: 9781426219641
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 12/17/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 136,302
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

SCOTT C. ANDERSON is a veteran science journalist with specialization in medical topics and computer programming. He was one of the creators of Lego Island, a computer game, and his work has combined computer programming with medical research. He runs a laboratory called Freedom Health that studies bacterial health in racehorses and has developed prebiotics for animals and humans. He lives in Hudson, Ohio (between Cleveland and Akron), was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and recently lived in Sonoma, California.

JOHN F. CRYAN is professor and chair of the department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork. A principal investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, a leading-edge institute researching the role of microbiome in health and disease, he lives in Cork, Ireland.

TED DINAN is professor of psychiatry and a principal investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork. He was previously chair of clinical neurosciences and professor of psychological medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London. He lives in Cork, Ireland.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Chapter 1 Meet Your Microbes 13

Chapter 2 Mankind, Microbes, and Mood 25

Chapter 3 Your Microbiota, From Birth to Death 61

Chapter 4 A Voyage Down Your Alimentary Canal 85

Chapter 5 The Gut-Brain Axis 115

Chapter 6 Discovering Psychobiotics 139

Chapter 7 Your Personal Psychobiotic Journey 155

Chapter 8 Psychobiotics and Today's Major Diseases 211

Chapter 9 The Future of Psychobiotics 241

Acknowledgments 259

Appendix: Proven Probiotic Bacteria and Products 261

Glossary 272

Notes 279

Further Reading 311

Index 312

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