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The gut microbiome may also play a role in personalized medicine. nopparit/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Humans evolved with their microbiomes – like genes, your gut microbes pass from one generation to the next

As early modern humans spread across the globe, their gut microbes genetically changed with them. Understanding the origins of gut microbes could improve understanding of their role in human health.
Increased scientific understanding of the role microbes play in humans and other animals has led to the development of probiotics to improve heath. (Shutterstock)

Probiotics: What they are and how you might benefit from them

From dietary supplements to poop transplants, probiotics are now a multi-billion dollar market.
Affluent neighborhoods have very different microbes from those in poor ones. Zentangle/Shutterstock.com

Inequity takes a toll on your gut microbes, too

You probably know about the collection of microorganisms that live in, on and around us. But did you know that not everyone in society has equal access to them? That needs to change.
The microbes that live in our gut are essential to good health. Alpha Tauri 3D Graphics/SHutterstock.com

The key to our humanity isn’t genetic, it’s microbial

The effort to edit the genes of Chinese twins implies that all our traits are determined by our genes. But changing our diet, environment, lifestyle and microbes may have a greater effect.
Modern diets are changing the compositions of our gut microbiota, and with that, our personalities. from shutterstock.com

Essays on health: microbes aren’t the enemy, they’re a big part of who we are

For most of the twentieth century, we were at war with microbes, leading to substantial changes in our body’s ecosystem. This has changed our diets, disease profile, moods and even personalities.
Diet reduces risk of depression through actions on bacteria in the gut, the immune system and the brain. from www.shutterstock.com

Food as medicine: your brain really does want you to eat more veggies

A world-first trial showed depression is reduced after just three months following a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, legumes, fish, lean red meats, olive oil and nuts.

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