The benefits of gut bacteria: Part 2

Recent articles in science magazines extol the benefits of bacteria in the gut. Most recently, that gut bacteria affect mood and behavior. We wanted to know how this research affects industries such as food science, medicine, and others. We asked our Zintro experts to comment and the comments kept coming from many different perspectives! Here is Part 2 in a three part series on gut bacteria and its implications and potential.

Dr. Wilco, PhD, an expert in holistic and natural nutrition, says it is known that the stomach is our second brain. “The digestive track acts on its own intelligence. A more accurate statement would be that every cell in the body contains the intelligence of your whole being. The body’s natural equilibrium is the key factor in maintaining a healthy state, without disease. The bacteria in the gut depend on this homeostasis,” he says. “We are chemistry. All the biochemical elements of our body self interact with the internal and outer environment. This symbiosis is of utmost importance to be able to manifest radiant health.”

Wilco says that the delicate and complex intelligence of life has become severely challenged due to interacting with the outer environment, especially when natural surroundings have become chemically polluted. “Gut bacteria, like our soil, is part of an intricate cycle. Everything is linked; life’s intelligence is merged. All the elements of life that we consist of and interact with are bound to the laws of nature. And, these laws need to be upheld when a balance and so perfect physical and mental health is desired,” Wilco says.

For this reason, it is clearly understood why foreign chemical elements disturb the intricate biochemical balance. It becomes clear that the emotional behaviors are directly linked to the corruption of biochemical laws. “When the one cleans up the outer environment is cleaned up and produces unadulterated foods for consumption, our inner gut, our pristine health, will be restored. We need to work with Mother nature, not against her.”

Denis M’Gee, an animal nutritionist, says that over the past decade or more the animal feed and production industries have increasingly adopted the use of prebiotics and probiotics as a healthy alternative to in-feed antibiotics. “This natural solution to improve gut health and gut environment has been successfully adopted and improves animal health and performance. These latest findings that a healthy gut environment can also provide behavioral benefits, such as a better response to stress, will only reinforce the use of natural solutions as animal welfare and environmentally friendly solutions,” he says

Francisco Ysunza, an animal scientist, offers these thoughts on gut bacteria:

  • The brain and the gut have been shown to have interconnectedness, so it makes sense to relate them on behavior.
  • The gut has been explained as the other brain because of its non-brain-mediated influence upon several body functions.
  • The gut has been understood as an external or exposed part of the body (contents are not actually in the body until absorbed), so anything within its tract, including bacterial activity, may stimulate or involve nerve responses. And behavior is ultimately nerve mediated, so it is brain development.

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