THE INFLUENCE OF BACTERIA ON THE SOUL
The bacteria living inside of us can be both allies or enemies. It turns out that it’s not that simple, though.
Scientists from Los Angeles described the effect of gastrointestinal microflora on different regions of the brain.
All participants in this experiment were divided into three groups.
The first group ate probiotic yogurt twice a day for a month. The second consumed yogurt without probiotics. And finally, the third group did not eat yogurt at all.
MRIs were done before and after in a relaxed environment and at a specific intensity.
Subjects were shown phototests with different emotions and asked to compare. Although strange, these tasks were chosen because of experiments done on animals.
They showed the influence of microflora on the parts of the brain responsible for emotions, in response to visual stimulus.
Put bluntly, it’s an unusual extrapolation.
Nevertheless, it turned out that the probiotic group had less activity in the insular cortex and somatosensory cortex.
I won’t bore you with details on the results.
I’ll just say that the probiotic group, when performing the tasks, used less nervous resource than the other two groups who went without the miracle yogurt.
In other words, they were calmer.
So bacteria have some influence on mental states.
We aren’t making the claim that poor gastrointestinal flora causes depression. But it’s clear that the body is a unified whole. It matters what you stuff your face with.
There’s evidence that probiotics reduce postpartum depression and anxiety by nearly half.
BACTERIA AND AUTISM
The exploits of our bacterial friends don’t end there. Autism and gastrointestinal problems often go hand-in-hand. Scientists in Arizona have tried to moderate autism with the help of friendly bacteria.
For two months, a group of autistic children received microflora from healthy people.
The results are impressive. Their gastrointestinal issues waned further every day (diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain) and autism symptoms weakened.
Excitability decreased, obsessive behavior became less pronounced, and so on.
But why? Their microflora became more diverse, with Prevotella and other miraculous microbes, and well-being increased by 60%.
All that’s left is to now connect this with the subject of eyesight.
We already wrote about the effects of oranges on the eyes. It could be that they’re positively influenced by the rich inner world of microbiota.
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