Are You Being Controlled By Bacteria In Your Gut?


More and more evidence is arising that strongly suggests that the bacteria in our guts could be extremely influential in the way we conduct ourselves and make decisions. In fact, a recent study published in the journal BioEssays found that microbes in our guts can manipulate the way we behave and feel. It is thought that this occurs by altering neural signals travelling between the digestive tract and the brain in order to encourage us to feed on their preferred food source…which is usually sugar! Interestingly, researchers seem to be convinced that we can override these bacterial signals by starving the bacteria of that fuel source. This prompted researchers to suggest avoiding sugary foods for a few days in order to stop those sugar pangs!



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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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