The role of gut microbes in reducing your risk of disease

For decades, a balanced diet has been championed as a way to reduce the risk of disease and illness. A recent study has provided unique insights into the role of the digestive system in boosting immunity and reducing metabolic risk factors for illness and disease.

The study, a collaborative effort by researchers across Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom, has analysed the bacteria and microbiota found in the digestive system of more than   1000 individuals.

By tracking the dietary habits of participants, as well as the change in molecular markers before and after eating,  researchers identified links between gut microbiome and the foods consumed.

Most impressive, was the relationship between the composition of the gut microbiota – encompassing the “good” and “bad” microbes – and the indicators of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

It was found that certain bacteria help minimise a person’s vulnerability to disease and illness thanks to their positive influence on the immune system.

Those with a nutrition-rich diet were observed as having higher levels of “good” gut microbes, which work to improve overall health outcomes. These microbes helped to reduce blood levels of glucose, inflammation and lipids.

Researchers noted that many of the microbes found through the course of this study were previously unknown, and are still yet to be named. This proves the significant amount of research that is still to be completed in this area, making  it an exciting field of future research.

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