Scientists believe they can understand how the brain works by researching the gut
If you are a human being, you must read this article!
Scientists are coming to the conclusion that our ‘microbiome’, the trillions of microbes that live on and in us, can affect our physical and mental health. We know that our emotions can affect our guts in stressful situations, such as exams, job interviews, etc., but now they believe that our guts influence our brain. There is increasing research that conditions such as depression, Parkinson’s disease and autism are affected by our gut bacteria, which, in turn, are affected by our diet, pets, drugs we ingest, etc.. As the article suggests, “there is talk of psychiatrists prescribing mood microbes or psychobiotics – effectively a probiotic cocktail of healthy bacteria – to boost our mental health”. The article even asks whether a faecal transplant may save your life….. someone else’s poo?
But how come more than half our bodies are not human? Well, if we count all the cells in our bodies, only 43% are human, with the rest being made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi and single-celled archaea; our ‘microbiome’. Wow! Maybe I should have begun this blog by suggesting that you must read this if you are 43% human!
This is a fascinating article which I strongly suggest you have a read of.