As I was driving to work last Friday in the dark and freezing hour of 5 am, I flipped on NPR and listened to my ‘stories’. An intriguing discussion was taking place, one which has been growing in popularity and scientific research: the importance of gut bacteria!
Yes, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you, but there is bacteria in your gut. A lot.There is both good and bad bacteria, and in order to maintain good health, you need to make sure there is a lot more good than bad.
In the discussion, a Dr. Mayer hinted that the mixture of bacteria in our gut may help determine what kinds of brain we have, how its wired, and how the brain is developed. Crazy, I know.
But wait, there’s more!
In another study in this discussion, researchers replaced the gut bacteria of anxious mice with that of fearless mice. “The mice became less anxious, more gregarious,” says Dr. Stephen Collins of McMaster University.
Why is this important? Because the health of our gut, which many of us take for granted, could be a possible explanation for our behavior, our ability to learn, and our mood.
Luckily, there are ways to clean out your gut’s bacteria and restore it with healthy bacteria. And there are ways to maintain the health of your gut too (Probiotics). I’ll be leading these discussions in future posts.
For now, eat clean and stay healthy.
In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before