Experts reveal how the microbiome in your gut is linked to weight gain and health disorders.
We all have trillions of different microbes in our guts. The latest thinking is that this microscopic community, known as the microbiome, acts like an organ in the body, performing various vital functions.
A healthy, balanced microbiome helps us break down foods, protects us from infection, trains our immune system and manufactures vitamins, such as K and B12.
It also plays a role in regulating blood sugar and metabolism, and sends signals to our brain that can affect mood, anxiety and appetite.
A bad diet, stress, alcohol and lack of sleep can upset your microbiome, creating imbalances that are increasingly being linked to conditions ranging from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to diabetes, high blood pressure, depression — and, yes, obesity.
The test isn’t cheap at £300 but the good news is you can change your microbiome diversity in weeks, by altering your diet and lifestyle.
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