Bacteria may be smarter than we think: Or maybe we think because bacteria are so smart.

Bacteria Might Be Smarter Than We Think

With Dr Marc

Bacteria within a biofilm have similar electrical signaling mechanisms as neurons in the human brain. The bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract which outnumber our human cells 10 to 1, may therefore engage in coordinated action, forming a gut-brain axis that regulates anxiety, pain, cognition and mood. Bacterial activity may thereby make a significant contribution to our own self-aware consciousness and we may well wonder who is calling the shots.

Our gut feelings, that so often drive our actions, behaviour and food choices may actually be generated by our internal microbial community ecology rather than us.

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