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Viruses Worldwide Battled by Gut Microbes

Viruses Worldwide Battled by Gut Microbes

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  • Host-specific beneficial bacteria appear to be critical for a healthy immune system, researchers say. The results may increase understanding of the health consequences of highly processed diets, excessive use of antibiotics, and our modern-day obsession with antibacterial cleansers, as absence of the “right” gut microbes can shift the balance toward disease
  • A study looking at viruses linked to gut bacteria in humans demonstrates how they pose a constant threat to the health of the bacterial community living in your gut. Your gut microflora are repeatedly infected with hundreds of virus' types, and since they can kill some of your gut bacteria, they can likely influence your health. According to the researchers, it is of key importance to gain a better understanding of the pressure placed on the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which are crucial for maintaining health
  • An earlier study also shows that microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal tract form a highly intricate, living fabric of natural controls that affect body weight, energy, and nutrition

By Dr. Mercola

Three recent studies highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy gut to avoid disease and optimize your health. The first, published in the journal Cell, shows that "host-specific microbiota appears to be critical for a healthy immune system."


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