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Oct 26, 2019

Studying the Gut Microbiome

By Margaret Shepard, @Margaret_Marie

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While you may think of bacteria as something bad that you should avoid, the bacteria inside your gut can keep you healthy. The human gastrointestinal tract harbors 100 trillion microbes known as your microbiome that play an important role in maintaining health. Disruptions of the microbiome can lead to serious health problems. Research at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Microbiome Program is seeking to understand how the microbiome promotes wellness and how disruption of the microbiome can enable disease.

On this segment of the Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Purna Kashyap, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Microbiome Program, will discuss microbiome research.

So happy to see this study. I have long been an advocate of healthy living and have said that what you eat affects every part of your body…every cell, every organ. Gut bacteria homeostasis is so hard to maintain for some. I’m not a medical professional but I know that, if I have to take an oral antibiotic, I make sure I also ingest a probiotic. Antibiotics play havoc with my stomach and drinking or eating probiotics returns me to normal. I wish more prescribing doctors would know more about this.

I also don’t buy any antibacterial products…totally unnecessary. People though all bacteria was bad.
I like that he mentioned the role of genetics and and lifestyle also.

I always have a probiotic in the house and now you see them everywhere so I hope the awareness level increases. How I eat affects my gut and how I feel. If I feel bloated or just “not right” I reach for a probiotic to straighten me out. I didn’t always know why until I started researching this more. I’m not saying it’s a cure for everything. I just know my good health and lifestyle are so determined by what I ingest on a daily basis. So if probiotics can balance out the good and bad gut bacteria , I’ll continue down that path. It’s heartening to see that studies are being done on gut bacteria and it’s importance in our lives.

FL Mary

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