#224 - Learning to tweak our brains through our guts | Curio

#224 - Learning to tweak our brains through our guts

21 mins | Jun 3, 2022

Today's episode from 3rd June 2022. It's World Environment Day this weekend so we're discussing the planet through the lens of insects. We take a different approach to the issue of specie decline by countering the "insectageddon" narrative. Then later, it's time for a gut check as we investigate how the food we eat isn't just for fuel, but it plays a role in regulating our immune systems and even tweaking our brain chemistry. Nature is dynamic, with constant fluctuations in specie populations at any given site and time. Britain has a long history of monitoring wildlife, and a troubling narrative of severe biodiversity decline is emerging. However, as Jane Hill argues in The Guardian, while we should be concerned, the data doesn't always provide the whole story, and our commitment to preserving nature should be a cause for optimism instead. Epidemiologist Tim Spector has spent decades studying how gut health relates to all aspects of our everyday wellbeing. Here in The Guardian, he explains why it’s so important to have variety in our diets. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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