Gut Health & Disease
The bacteria balancing act.
Bacteria can get a bad rap. But it’s not all bad. In fact, bacteria can be quite good. Teen-tiny microbes in your gut do big important things like digesting food and synthesizing vitamins.
NOW THE BAD NEWS.
Things like antibiotics, surgery, travel to new places—even your diet—can throw your microbiome balance out of whack. And this can result in disease, sickness and diminished quality of life. In fact, recent evidence indicates a link between the microbiome and obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma and allergies, neurological disease—even your mood.
Microbiome. Macro impact.
There’s so much to learn about the microbial world inside our bodies. As scientists do more research, they’re finding out more about how our microbiome affects every aspect of our health. Your participation in this tiny revolution can do very big things for the hope of finding ways to live a little healthier every day.
Want to dig deeper?
This handy list of articles, books and videos is a great place to start.
- The Quantified Microbiome Self (National Geographic)
- Should We Bank Our Own Stool? (The New York Times)
- Our Microbiome May Be Looking Out for Itself (The New York Times)
- Some of My Best Friends Are Germs (The New York Times Magazine)
- So much from TheScientist
- Can the Microbiome Mutiny? (National Geographic)
- Discovering my microbiome: “You, my friend, are a wonderland”