Gut microbiome increases myelin sheat density in prefrontal cortex

How taking care of your gut could make you smarter

Gut microbiome increases myelin sheat density in prefrontal cortex.


Ever heard the expression ‘go with your gut’? Well, as it turns out, there’s a lot more to this saying than you may think.


Now, what I’m about to share with you may initially sound like a mind-blowing science fiction plot. Bear with me though. This fascinating world of cutting-edge scientific discovery may be affecting almost every area of your life – Seriously!


This discovery?  It all starts with something called the gut microbiome…



What on Earth is the gut microbiome?

You probably have a notion of bacteria being bad for your health and you’re partly right. There are indeed many forms of ‘bad bacteria’ that can do you harm, but there are also ‘good bacteria’ that work harmoniously with your body.


In fact, there is an entire ecosystem of tiny little organisms that live in your digestive system, featuring both good and bad bacteria. This is what we refer to when we talk about the gut microbiome.


In the same way your fingerprint is 100% unique, so too is the diversity of bacteria living in your gut. Fast becoming one of the hottest new areas in the world of health and fitness, gut health is being linked to everything from athleticism to mental health too. And what’s more, getting this area of your health right can even make you smarter.



Linking mind and body


A recent study demonstrated that a healthy gut can improve the function of your pre-frontal cortex.


“What’s the pre-frontal cortex?” you ask. It’s the front part of the human brain, used for logic, reasoning, calculations and basically most of the things that make us smarter than the animal kingdom.


Due to its complexity and far-reaching impact, scientists have even dubbed the gut microbiome as the ‘second brain’ – Really! The best of it all, is that you can improve the state of your gut health a few simple lifestyle changes can have you thinking like Einstein in no time.



How can I improve my gut health?

While there are many factors at play, diet plays the biggest role.


I would advise to start with the following:


  1. Cut out anti-inflammatory foods. Particularly processed foods containing added sugar. These will only feed the bad bacteria and we don’t want that.


  1. Eat a colourful diet. By that, I mean plenty of leafy green vegetables and berries. A cup of coffee and even few squares of chocolate may also do you good, but only on cheat days, of course.


  1. Consume fermented foods, such as natural yoghurt, kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha. Many of these foods are rich in lactobacilli, a type of bacteria that can benefit your health


Before you make any of these changes though, it’s important to look into ways of eliminating waste, toxins, bad bacteria and even parasites from your body. Why? Because putting all the good stuff into a toxic gut, is almost like pouring it straight down the sink.


In many ways, the gut-brain relationship is like that of employee and boss. If you treat your staff right, they’ll always work hard for you. So, the next time you’re writing out a shopping list, think about how you want to treat your gut to get the best out of your mind and body.



Intrigued by what you’ve read? We’re only done scratching the surface. If you’re looking for a personal fitness trainer in Perth and want a better plan to optimise your health and fitness then contact me today.

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