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Here are some of the re­cent find­ings on gut bac­te­ria’s ef­fects on the body.

US re­searchers work­ing with lab­o­ra­tory mice have found that gut bac­te­ria could trigger meta­bolic changes that in­flu­ence the de­vel­op­ment of can­cer.

A UK study analysing over 1000 sets of twins has iden­ti­fied gut or­gan­isms that in­flu­ence me­tab­o­lism, and even food pref­er­ences. By study­ing twins, re­searchers are find­ing that these can be in­her­ited through our genes.

Stress is also be­ing linked to gut bac­te­ria. Not only does stress make changes to our gut bac­te­ria, but these bac­te­ria also im­pact our be­hav­iour and mood. In fact, the tem­per­a­ment of chil­dren as young as 18­months­old has been con­nected to the di­ver­sity and abun­dance of their gut bac­te­ria.

An­tibi­otics, like amox­i­cillin (Amoxil), have been shown to re­duce the va­ri­ety of bac­te­ria in the gut. And re­searchers found that peo­ple who ate white bread also have less di­verse gut bac­te­ria.

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