• Follow Us: 

Hungry? The Bugs in The Gut Want More!

  By posted Dec 24th 2012
Buzz

 

 

Hungry? The Bugs in The Gut Want More!


 * Text Courtesy IANS

*Images courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images
  

(IANS) Gut bugs, which play a vital role in the biology of human beings and animals, could also be driving appetite, say researchers in France.

 

"The gut microbiota (bugs) respond both to nutrients consumed by their hosts and to the state of their hosts as signalled by various hormones," write Vic Norris and colleagues from the University of Rouen, France.

 

Gut microbes are thought to comprise a community that interacts with the mammalian nervous system, also called the enteric nervous system, to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract, says Norris, the Journal of Bacteriology reports.

 

This enteric system contains half a billion neurons, compared with 85 billion neurons in the central nervous system, according to a Rouen statement.

 

It is also becoming clear that gut bugs may be linked with cancer, metabolic syndrome, and thyroid disease. They may even influence mood disorders, through the action on dopamine and peptides involved in appetite.

 

The gut bacterium, Campilobacter jejuni, has been implicated in the induction of anxiety in mice, adds Norris.

 

 

Spotlight

Exclusive: Inside Scoop on Hollywood Celebs' Fitness Secrets

Hollywood celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza lets us in on some of her A-List client's...

 Read More»

 

Skin Care

Beauty Benefits of Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

Available only in winter, Indian gooseberries, or amla as they are known in Hindi, have...

 Read More»

 

HealthMeUpgrade

If You Moust-Ache, We’ll Tell You How To Groom It

You probably started growing a moustache this month with the vague intention of...

 Read More»

 

In Focus

Hacks & Tips

 

Editor's Pick

Most Popular

Across The Net

Array

ShilpsNutriLife Nov 26th 2014