Do some research to define the terms enteric nervous system, and microbiome. Then read the article about the Gut-brain axis: How the microbiome influences anxiety and depression by Foster and Neufeld (2013) in Trends in Neuroscience. For this discussion, explain how our microbiome contributes to digestion, and how microbes can activate pathways in the CNS. How does this relate to digestion?
Microbiomes and the Digestive System Student`s Name Institutional Affiliation Microbiomes and the Digestive System We human beings happen to be microbes. Our bodies largely consist of them in that they outnumber the human cells. Most of these microbes live in the gut, particularly in the large intestines. Microbiomes are genetic materials of all microbes such as viruses, fungi, bacteria, and protozoa that live in the human body. They also outnumber the genes of the human body and they weigh as much as four pounds. Microbiomes in the human body help in digesting food, regulating the immune system and protecting the body against other disease causing bact...