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Your Health Is the Result of a Symbiotic Relationship with 100 Trillion Bacteria

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  • Your microbiome is much like a fingerprint—it’s unique to you. Some researchers have even suggested that we might belong to one of a few “microflora types,” which are similar to blood types
  • Your gut microbiome activity influences your immune responses, nervous system functioning, and plays a role in the development of any number of diseases, including obesity, cancer, and multiple sclerosis
  • The nutritional preferences of your gut bacteria can influence your food cravings by releasing chemical signals through the vagus nerve, which connects your gut to your brain
  • Adding microbiome analysis to other known risk factors for invasive colorectal cancer resulted in a five-fold improvement in their ability to predict cancer
  • The best way to optimize your gut flora is through your diet. A gut-healthy diet is free of processed sugars and one rich in whole, unprocessed, unsweetened foods, along with traditionally fermented or cultured foods

By Dr. Mercola

The truth of the old adage that “you are what you eat” is becoming increasingly clear, the more we learn about the microbiome—the colonies of microbes living in your gut, and indeed all over your body.


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