Gut Brain Axis

BLOG 49 discussed Gut Brain Connection and the Canadian experiment where scientists found that there was a correlation between gut bacteria and cognitive development!  What started the thinking was what we already know that there is a link between psychological aspects such as autism or depression, which are correlated with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.  Another example is Parkinson’s, which is a disease of the nerves that typically presents as a neurological brain disorder but may actually begin decades earlier in the gut.

The connection between microbes and their hosts in health are now considered the hottest test area in science right now, that is because we know that there is the connection, the future of brain science is in the belly and vice versa.

Luckily there is not a single IQ bug, but they did find that the Gut-Brain axis is more diversely wonderful and confirmed that certain species of bacteria are important for cognition.  Bacteria has had a bad reputation in the past when we discuss human health, but benefits of bacteria are starting to show themselves.  Look at probiotics we know that it is established that gut needs gut bacteria and there is “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria and a whole field of consumer marketing is devoted to packaging bacteria as the key to healthy tummies, delivered through food products such as fermented sauerkraut, yogurt or soda water!  These are all targeted to keeping a healthy tummy, but cognition is a much newer idea. 

Something to think about…. 🙂

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Ref: National Post October 21, 2023

December 11, 2023
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