Do the Terrible Twos = Bad Gut Biomes?

Toddler Tantrums Might Be Influenced By Their Gut Bacteria | IFLScience.

Researchers from The Ohio State University have found that the abundance and diversity of bacteria found in the gut appear to influence the behavior of young children, especially boys. They found that children with the most genetically diverse composition of bacteria are more likely to show behavior related with positive mood, curiosity, sociability, and impulsivity.

Gut bacteria also produce 90% of our serotonin – the “happy hormone.”

“There is substantial evidence that intestinal bacteria interact with stress hormones—the same hormones that have been implicated in chronic illnesses like obesity and asthma,” said Lisa Christian, another of the study’s authors.

It would be amazing to be able to cure disease by “fixing” the balance of bacteria in our gut and on our bodies.  Science rules!

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