On average we have 100 trillion microbes in our body, weighing as much as three pounds total! Diet plays a major role in the composition of our microbiome, and evidence suggests a diverse microbiome is important for good health.
A poor diet, along with overuse of antibiotics, can disturb this diversity and disrupt the balance of organisms, allowing undesirable bacteria to flourish at the expense of helpful ones. This disruption can lead to poor digestion, inflammation, and disease.
Much remains to be learned about the microbiome, and the research is sometimes fuzzy. But in the meantime, say hello to your little friends. I hear they like leafy greens and apples!
Trusting Your Gut: The Importance of Your Microbiome—“How we treat our own microbiome will determine if we have a healthy and high quality of life.”
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