Thursday, October 3, 2013

More species of gut bacteria mean better health

This news item couldn’t put it any more plainly stating “an amazing result” with possibly enormous implications for the treatment and even prevention of the greatest public health issue of our time!

The diversity and richness of bacteria in our gut may have a direct impact on our risks of developing metabolic conditions including heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to the new MetaHIT data.”

The findings were published in Nature and it appears that those individuals with reduced gut “biodiversity”, in other words, those who had fewer bacterial species in their guts, were more likely to develop complications including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The flora with decreased bacterial richness appears to function in an entirely different way from flora that is rich and diverse in species. About one quarter (23%) of the general population were shown to exhibit reduced bacterial “richness” and those individuals were also universally likely to be overweight, exhibit insulin resistance and dyslipidemia and demonstrate generalised unhealthy inflammatory processes.

As I've stated on numerous occasions, the ideal time to restore your gut health is well before conception and by so doing, you give your baby the best possible chance of enjoying a lifetime of better gut health and all the associated physical and mental up-sides. Having said that, probiotics can act as a surrogate and the whole family will benefit, whatever their age or life-stage. Easy way to restore and maintain gut health is ongoing, daily dose of high-potency yogurt that is easy to make at home.

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