We have written before about the connection between the brain and the gut (and also shared an excellent TED talk on the topic.) Now, research has discovered an interesting interplay between the gut bacteria, the brain, and the intestines of people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.)
The mouse study employed fecal microbiota transplants, and found that both brain and intestinal symptoms were transferred to the transplant recipients.
IBS is a common affliction that is poorly understood, so this finding may yield hope for future treatments. The authors said, “microbiota-directed therapies, including pre- or probiotic treatment, may be beneficial in treating not only intestinal symptoms but also components of the behavioral manifestations of IBS.”
You can learn more here.