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How Your Gut Microbiome Influences Your Mental and Physical Health

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  • Bacteria appear to influence human health and disease in two key ways. An overabundance of certain bacteria have been linked to disease, while other microbes are actively involved in preventing certain diseases
  • Foods and chemicals known to produce metabolic dysfunction (such as processed foods, sugar/fructose, and artificial sweeteners) also alter the gut microbiome. This may be a key mechanism by which these foods promote obesity and chronic disease
  • Researchers have linked high-sugar diets to memory – and learning impairments, courtesy of altered gut bacteria

By Dr. Mercola

Your body houses some 100 trillion bacteria, and about 1 quadrillion viruses (bacteriophages). In essence, we're little more than walking microbe colonies, seeing how these bacteria outnumber your cells 10 to 1, and the bacteriophages in turn outnumber bacteria 10 to 1.


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