Can a prebiotic help you feel better?

This 2019 rodent study investigated an inulin-type fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS): “The microbiota-gut-brain axis was used to investigate anti-depressive properties of FOS at the interface of gut microbiota. FOS was introduced via gavage to rats exposed to chronic unpredictable mild stress: FOS alleviated depression-like behaviors and repaired intestinal epithelia damages. FOS treatment lowered corticosterone level. FOS-induced modulation … Continue reading Can a prebiotic help you feel better?

How will you feel?

Consider this a partial repost of Moral Fiber: “We are all self-reproducing bioreactors. We provide an environment for trillions of microbes, most of which cannot survive for long without the food, shelter and a place to breed that we provide. They inhabit us so thoroughly that not a single tissue in our body is sterile. … Continue reading How will you feel?

Do early experiences of hunger affect our behavior, thoughts, and feelings today?

Reposted from five years ago. A 2015 worldwide human study Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects found that people’s current degree of hungriness affected their propensity to acquire nonfood items. The researchers admitted that they didn’t demonstrate cause and effect with the five experiments they performed, although the findings had merit. News articles poked good-natured … Continue reading Do early experiences of hunger affect our behavior, thoughts, and feelings today?

Fear of feeling?

Here’s a 2018 article from two researchers involved in the Dunedin (New Zealand) Longitudinal Study. They coauthored many studies, including People had the same personalities at age 26 that they had at age 3. The paper’s grand hypothesis was: “A single dimension is able to measure a person’s liability to mental disorder, comorbidity among disorders, … Continue reading Fear of feeling?

Your need to feel important will run your life, and you’ll never feel satisfied

Yesterday’s team meeting at work provided one display after another of a person’s need to feel important. These eye-openers were the reason the scheduled 30-minute meeting lasted 45 minutes. Although half of the forty or so attendees are under the age of 40, curiously, only two of them spoke during the meeting. I wasn’t among … Continue reading Your need to feel important will run your life, and you’ll never feel satisfied

What’s a good substitute for feeling loved?

A friend of mine sent a link to this TED talk yesterday. The speaker inspired my friend to change their life along the speaker’s guidelines: “The very act of doing the thing that scared me undid the fear. That feeling, you can’t help but strive for greatness at any cost. The more I work to … Continue reading What’s a good substitute for feeling loved?

Do the impacts of early experiences of hunger affect our behavior, thoughts, and feelings today?

This 2015 worldwide human study Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects found that people’s current degree of hungriness affected their propensity to acquire nonfood items. The researchers admitted that they didn’t demonstrate cause and effect with the five experiments they performed, although the findings had merit. News articles poked good-natured fun at the findings with … Continue reading Do the impacts of early experiences of hunger affect our behavior, thoughts, and feelings today?

If a study didn’t measure feelings, then its findings may not pertain to genuine empathy

This 2014 UK study tried to show that empathetic actions were very context-dependent. It mainly studied causing overt pain to another person. The lead researcher stated: “We were interested in quantifying how much people care about others, relative to themselves. A lack of concern for others’ suffering lies at the heart of many psychiatric disorders … Continue reading If a study didn’t measure feelings, then its findings may not pertain to genuine empathy

Are you feeling kinda blue? Think your brain cells are too few? Get your fat cells on that bike and ride!

This 2014 rodent study found that fat cells released a certain hormone during exercise that produced two beneficial effects: the hormone increased hippocampal neurogenesis; it also reduced depression-like behaviors. So if you’re feeling kinda blue, Think your brain cells are too few? Get your fat cells on that bike and ride! http://www.pnas.org/content/111/44/15810.full “Physical exercise-induced hippocampal … Continue reading Are you feeling kinda blue? Think your brain cells are too few? Get your fat cells on that bike and ride!

Problematic research: If you don’t feel empathy for a patient, is the solution to fake it?

If you don’t experience empathy for another person, this 2014 Harvard study showed how to use your cerebrum to manipulate your limbic system into displaying a proxy of empathy. Is this what we want from our human interactions? To have a way to produce an emotion the same way that an actor would as they … Continue reading Problematic research: If you don’t feel empathy for a patient, is the solution to fake it?

We feel anxious even when making a choice from multiple good options

This 2014 Harvard/Princeton research studied brain areas as people made choices among multiple good options: “Our results show that choice conflict can at least lead to substantial short-term anxiety, that this anxiety increases with the number and value of one’s options (potentially enhanced by time pressure), and that it is not attenuated by awareness of … Continue reading We feel anxious even when making a choice from multiple good options

Changing your immune system / gut microbiota interactions with diet

This 2021 human clinical trial investigated associations between gut microbiota and host adaptive immune system components: “Diet modulates gut microbiome, and gut microbes impact the immune system. We used two gut microbiota-targeted dietary interventions – plant-based fiber or fermented foods – to determine how each influences microbiome and immune system in healthy adults. Using a … Continue reading Changing your immune system / gut microbiota interactions with diet

Preventing human infections with dietary fibers

This 2020 review covered interactions of gut microbiota, intestinal mucus, and dietary fibers. I’ve outlined its headings and subheadings, and ended with its overview: “I. Dietary fibers and human mucus-associated polysaccharides: can we make an analogy? I.1 Brief overview of dietary fibers and mucus polysaccharides structures and properties I.I.1 Dietary fibers Dietary fiber intake and … Continue reading Preventing human infections with dietary fibers

If you aren’t where you want to be, change yourself

This 2021 human study evaluated associations among epigenetic clocks and socioeconomic status: “We conducted a comprehensive, comparative analysis of associations between various dimensions of socioeconomic status (SES) (education, income, wealth, occupation, neighbourhood environment, and childhood SES) and eight epigenetic clocks in two well-powered US ageing studies: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA); and The Health … Continue reading If you aren’t where you want to be, change yourself