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The human gut is filled with trillions of bacteria that are known collectively as the microbiome. And these microorganisms seem to play a crucial role in human health.
During the past 20 years, studies have repeatedly found that the microbiomes of sick people tend to differ from those of well people and that this is true even for people with brain diseases like dementia. In…
Gut health is all the rage. From fermented drinks like kombucha to high-fiber diets, nutritionists and researchers alike have zeroed in on the gut microbiome as a compass for a person’s overall health.
As a result, probiotics, also known as beneficial gut bacteria, are experiencing a renaissance. Now their closely named peer, prebiotics, is also gaining traction as one of the latest darlings in gut health.
What’s the difference? While probiotics are themselves gut bacteria, prebiotics are the food that feeds bacteria. Prebiotics resist digestion in the small intestine and, upon reaching the colon, are fermented by bacteria in the…
The human gut contains a host of life forms with their own genes that make up our gut microbiome. Over 10 trillion microorganisms live inside human intestines, with some recent estimates putting the number as high as 39 trillion. That means people have more microbes in their large intestine than human cells throughout their body. The human gut is also home to a sophisticated network of over 100 million neurons , which many experts refer to as the body’s “second brain.”
These microbial environments are now revealing new insights about psychology and behavior.
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