Recent studies link the microbiome to mood and behaviour via the gut-brain axis. Earlier this year I (or rather my poo) participated in a unique pilot study aiming to better understand the gut and its relationship with the brain. The study was designed to help those living with Autism and / or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or other chronic gut concerns.
The test was a collaboration between smartGUT and The Australian Centre for Genomic Analysis (TACGA). Half of the study (300 participants) were on the Autism spectrum with IBS. The second half were a control population (300 participants) with gut issues without Autism. My gut-health history qualified me to participate….