The microbes living in the gut are key to good health.
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The microbes in your gut influence how your immune system reacts to bacteria and viruses. A severe immune reaction is deadly; a small one lets the virus win. The right balance may depend on your diet.
A Mediterranean diet is good for your gut health.
Your gut plays an important role in building your immune defences. Don’t neglect it.
Choosing the right probiotic strain is also important.
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Probiotics sold in tablets or capsules don’t need to be refrigerated to work.
What nutrients will help the microbes in your gut thrive?
You want to encourage the growth of good bacteria in your gut to improve health. But which foods should you eat to do that? It turns out that nutritional labels aren’t much help figuring that out.
We still don’t know what types of bacteria are truly beneficial.
Probiotics might avert a case of diarrhoea, or they could mean your gut takes longer to return to normal.
Gut microbe composition is fairly similar across a range of diseases.
Certain gut microbes have been associated with certain diseases, but a new study finds that the pattern of microbes is consistent across a range of diseases.
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The make-up of your gut bacteria will determine whether or not you put on weight.
Betty Aneyumel from the Karamoja tribe rakes fermented millet to prepare a local alcoholic drink in Moroto, eastern Uganda.
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Don’t give it to grandad.
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