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How Your Gut Flora Influences Your Health

How Your Gut Flora Influences Your Health

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  • Research shows that your gut flora can affect numerous processes in your body, including your metabolism, energy production, nutrition, and genetic expression
  • Your intestinal microflora is unique, although you will likely have one of three general “communities” of bacteria. This microbial balance is exceptionally sensitive to environmental conditions, beginning at birth. Children who are born with severely damaged gut flora are not only more susceptible to disease; they’re also more susceptible to vaccine damage
  • Choice of foods can alter your microflora in a matter of days, for better or worse. The ideal way to optimize your gut flora is to include fermented foods in your daily diet. While most probiotic supplements contain no more than 10 billion colony-forming units, one serving of fermented vegetables can contain 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. Fermented foods also give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, so all in all, it’s your most cost effective alternative

By Dr. Mercola

A new study in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice shows that microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal tract form an intricate, living fabric of natural controls affecting body weight, energy, and nutrition. The findings may offer new ideas on how to treat nutrition-related maladies, including obesity and a range of serious health consequences linked to under-nutrition, the scientists said.


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