While you may not realize it, there is a lot of gut bacteria that is present in your intestines. This might sound a bit disgusting, but they have an important function of helping you digest foods that you are taking in. But when you are eating a diet that is not healthy, namely a diet that is high in fat and high in sugar, you may be making a change in the way that your gut bacteria is able to work.
Researchers at Oregon State University did a study and found that high fat and high sugar diets had the ability to change the gut bacteria in your stomach and that this same diet is able to change the cognitive flexibility in people as well. Of the two, a high sugar diet is the worst, but most people enjoy the two combined, which is not good.
The study was done on mice and the control group was given a diet that was regular and healthy. Then there were two other groups, one that was given a diet high in fat and the other was given a diet that was high in sugar. The mice would then need to perform certain tests, including going through a maze. During these tests, the researchers say that the mice who were on the high fat and high sugar diets had a decrease in their mental and physical performances.
This has not been done on humans yet, but it seems to show that eating a diet that is not all that healthy, like the one that is enjoyed by most Americans, could be damaging the gut bacteria that is in charge of helping your cognitive abilities work at their very best.
Luckily, there is something that you will be able to do about these changes. The sooner you are able to get off the high sugar or high fat diet that you are on and begin to eat a diet that is full of healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables, lean meats, dairy, and whole grains, the better. This is going to help reverse some of the damage that has already been done to your gut bacteria and can also help you lose weight, avoid issues with your health, and start to feel great. The longer you are on a diet that is high in fat or high in sugar the worse the issues will become over time.