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You Are What Your Microbes Eat

Gut Bacteria

Story at-a-glance -

  • Differences in microbial communities have been detected among obese people and lean people, patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and healthy patients, and much more
  • The same species of bacteria may act differently in different people and may even have a drastically different genetic make up
  • Research suggests it’s not only the species of bacteria that is important but also what each microbe produces that matters
  • Some microbes produce anti-inflammatory molecules or vitamins while others speed the conversion of calories you eat into body fat

By Dr. Mercola

While it’s long been said that “you are what you eat,” a more accurate description might be “you are what your microbes eat.” There are more bacteria and other microorganisms in your body than there are human cells, and your unique microbial community is constantly changing in response to your environment.


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