The enteric nervous system also produces neurotransmitters such as dopamine, and that, when there’s an imbalance in the gut microbiota, it can lead to the development of various different pathologies. This can then leave this ecosystem susceptible to addictions, with rather dramatic results.
Exploring Your Mind
August 11th, 2020
Did you know that your intestines have their own nervous system that communicates with the brain? As a result of this link, researchers have begun investigating the relationship between microorganisms in the intestines and pathologies such as addictions.
Due to the huge number of contributing factors, addictions are often a very difficult type of disorder to treat. As such, research into the different mechanisms and possible treatment options is still ongoing. Today, we know a lot more about the different factors that can trigger addictions, including the role of gut microbiota in detox and withdrawal.
Microbiota are microbes that live in the mouth, vagina, skin, and gut. Scientists have already connected this ecosystem with a number of other pathologies, such as autism, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, and schizophrenia. In fact, it seems to also play a role in the development of addictions.
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