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The Importance of Microbial Diversity in Gut Health and Disease

Gut Flora

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  • Bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms that compose your body’s microflora play a major role in your health, both mental and physical
  • Advanced DNA sequencing is now being used to shed light on the complex interactions of gut bacteria, and how such interactions affect health and the development of disease
  • Even microorganisms you’d typically consider “bad” or pathogenic can play an integral role in the maintenance of health and disease prevention
  • Your microbiota influences your cancer susceptibility. Gut microorganisms even appear to impact the efficacy of various cancer treatments
  • To optimize your gut flora, I recommend a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods along with cultured or fermented foods. A probiotic supplement may also be appropriate

By Dr. Mercola

Your gastrointestinal tract is now considered one of the most complex microbial ecosystems on Earth. You may have a basic awareness that the microbes in your gut affect your digestion. But their influence extends far beyond that to your brain, heart, skin, mood, weight… and the list goes on and on.

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