Mental Microbes Make Mainstream Media

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

In the last two months, two major health/fitness publications have released feature stories about the close link between microbiome balance, gut-brain-axis function, and mood states such as depression, anxiety, and stress.

On Dec 21, 2017, SHAPE magazine ran a story entitled, The Surprising Way Your Brain and Gut are Connectedcan your microbiome affect your risk of mental illness? Experts weigh in.

On January 19, 2018, Men’s Health magazine ran a story entitled, “Could the Bacteria In Your Gut Be Tanking Your Mood? The connection between your gut and brain is stronger than you may think.

Having worked in the area of “mental wellness” (stress, burnout, vigor) for most of my career (almost 20 years – yikes!) – it is extremely gratifying to see how these ideas are starting to hit the mainstream consciousness (out of the lab and into the public where people can actually benefit from them).

Lots of very exciting things to come – including targeted natural therapies to help people restore microbiome balance and optimize their entire gut-brain-axis to improve mental wellness and physical health.

About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

  • Hello Shawn,

    Hope all is well with you. I’m holding my breath in anticipation of the recording of the Zoom webinar you did yesterday.

    With the emphasis on gut/brain axis health regarding mental health is there any info on GBA and cancer? Four friends here diagnosed with breast cancer in eight months and all within a short distance of me. All in various stages of treatment. One in her 50’s, second occurrence and spread to bones and lungs. Doctors don’t seem to be attempting to treat this time. Shocking really. If there are resources I can share with Amare products to build them up during or after chemo/surgery I will pass it along.

    All the best, Patricia

    Sent from my iPhone


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