Gut Matters PART 1 – Your Gut Bacteria are Keeping You Healthy

Gut Matters PART 1 – Your Gut Bacteria are Keeping You Healthy

Beneficial bacteria, better known as probiotics, along with a host of other microorganisms, are crucial to your health. For example, we now know that your gut bacteria  influence your:

  1. Genetic expression
  2. Immune system
  3. Brain development, mental health, and memory
  4. Weight, and
  5. Risk of numerous chronic and acute diseases, from diabetes to cancer

According to the featured article in Time Magazine:1

“Our surprisingly complex internal ecology has been a hot topic in medicine lately. Initiatives such as the Human Microbiome Project2, an extension of the Human Genome Project, have been working tirelessly to probe potential links between the human microbiota and human health, and to construct strategies for manipulating the bacteria so that they work with us rather than against us.

…They’ve been linked to a range of nasty conditions, including obesity, arthritis, and high cholesterol. Now, two newer areas of research are pushing the field even further, looking at the possible gut bug link to a pair of very different conditions: autism and irritable bowel disease.”

SOURCE Time Magazine:1Time Science & Space August 22, 2012