How The Body Maintains A Healthy Balance Of ‘Friendly’ Gut Bacteria

Hippocrates once said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Now, a growing body of research suggests that the ancient Greek physician was, if a bit hyperbolic, seriously onto something: Maintaining a healthy balance of “good” gut bacteria in the digestive tract is critical to overall health and well-being.

Disturbances in the gut microbiome — a collection of trillions of bacteria and other microbes — are often present in patients for a number of seemingly unrelated diseases. For example, some research shows that up to nine out of 10 people with an autism spectrum disorder also have inflammatory bowel disease or another illness that directly relates to the gut. Other diseases with some connection to the microbiome include anxiety, autoimmune diseases (Crohn’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome, among others), schizophrenia and cancer.

How imbalanced gut bacteria contributes to illness is not yet fully understood. But new research from Yale University may answer a related question: How is it that healthy people are able to maintain a stable balance of good bacteria, even in the face of <a target="_blank" —> Read More Here


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