At the end of 2019, scientists from Singapore to theirSurprisingly found that the diversity of bacteria living in our intestines directly affects the rate of aging of the body. However, in the course of new scientific work, employees from Oxford University found that the intestinal microflora also greatly affects how a person interacts with other people. For example, with a wide variety of bacteria in the intestines, a person somehow has a wide circle of contacts, but people with a poor composition of microbes in the intestines are more closed and prone to depression. But how did scientists find this out?
According to the scientific publication Human MicrobiomeJournal, to find the relationship between the diversity of intestinal microflora and its character, Professor Katerina Johnson conducted a fairly large study. It was attended by 655 men and women aged about 42 years. The authors of the scientific work took analyzes from them and asked them to fill out a questionnaire with questions aimed at identifying the lifestyle, diet and ways of human interaction with other people. By comparing the diversity of intestinal bacteria and the results of the questionnaire, scientists were able to draw very interesting conclusions.
What determines the character of a person?
It is worth clarifying that psychologists identify five main features in people that help characterize them. People with neuroticism possess emotional instability, often worry and hold a bad opinion about themselves. Extroversion, in turn, is characteristic of sociable and energetic people. Also, psychologists especially strongly distinguish people with openness to new experiences benevolent persons and conscientious people with increased awareness and attention to detail.
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As it turned out, what traits of charactergets a person throughout life, bacteria living in his intestines can strongly influence. For example, in organisms of sociable and energetic people, scientists found a large number of bacteria Akkermansia, Lactococcus and Oscillospira. At the same time, in closed people with a narrow circle of contacts, a high content of bacteria Desulfovibrio and Sutterella was revealed. According to Katerina Johnson, all this suggests that the microbes living in us can greatly influence our behavior.
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Recall that in the questionnaire study participantsThey also shared a list of products that they most often consume, as well as a description of their lifestyle. As it turned out, a large variety of bacteria in the intestines were possessed by people who like unusual dishes and often visit foreign countries. The diversity of bacteria was also influenced by the use of prebiotics. In particular, we are talking about the fact that lovers of cheese, sauerkraut, bananas and onions had more intestinal bacteria. Consequently, throughout their lives they are more open to people and most often are the souls of the company.
At the moment, scientists are trying to understand in whichIt is precisely the order in which the relationship between intestinal bacteria and human behavior is built. It can be assumed that bacteria produce substances that can affect human thinking and thereby change its behavior. But it is possible that human behavior in some way affects the diversity of bacteria in his intestines.
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Be that as it may, scientists have made very importantopening. Perhaps in the near future thanks to him they will be able to create new remedies for depression and stress, which many people on our planet suffer from.