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An abundance of good bacteria at your core makes all the difference
Two thousand years after “the father of Western medicine,” Hippocrates, declared, “All disease begins in the gut,” scientists are finding he might have had the right idea.
Research is finding that the mysterious microbiome, an assembly of good and bad bacteria in our digestive tract, has an enormous influence on our overall health.
According to the American Microbiome Institute (AMI), microbiome studies are finding that some of the trillions of bacteria that live inside us can be linked to obesity, malnutrition, heart disease, diabetes, celiac disease, eczema, asthma, multiple sclerosis, colitis and some cancers. More controversial are studies examining bacteria’s possible role in depression and autism.
“When we eat, we feed bacteria, both good and bad,” said Dr. Thomas Campbell, a family physician at UR Medicine Primary Care and clinical director of the UR Program for Nutrition…
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