Here are some of the recent findings on gut bacteria’s effects on the body.
US researchers working with laboratory mice have found that gut bacteria could trigger metabolic changes that influence the development of cancer.
A UK study analysing over 1000 sets of twins has identified gut organisms that influence metabolism, and even food preferences. By studying twins, researchers are finding that these can be inherited through our genes.
Stress is also being linked to gut bacteria. Not only does stress make changes to our gut bacteria, but these bacteria also impact our behaviour and mood. In fact, the temperament of children as young as 18monthsold has been connected to the diversity and abundance of their gut bacteria.
Antibiotics, like amoxicillin (Amoxil), have been shown to reduce the variety of bacteria in the gut. And researchers found that people who ate white bread also have less diverse gut bacteria.