WHY MI­CROBES MAT­TER?

Essentials (South Africa) - - HEALTH | EASY DIET -

1. They may help reg­u­late body weight…

An­i­mal stud­ies sug­gest that mi­crobes may in­flu­ence how much en­ergy your body takes from each meal, which foods you crave, as well as con­trol­ling hunger pangs and blood sugar spikes. So, the wrong bal­ance of your mi­cro­biome could make you fat, re­veals Dr Mosley.

2. … and your im­mune sys­tem. In the last 50 years, thanks to our ster­ile en­vi­ron­ments, there’s been a mas­sive rise in al­ler­gic con­di­tions. But by al­ter­ing the mix of bac­te­ria in your gut, you could re­duce their im­pact. 3. They con­trol your mood, ap­petite and gen­eral health. The mi­cro­biome takes the bits of food our body can’t digest and con­verts them into hor­mones and chem­i­cals, which can af­fect the above. Chang­ing your gut make-up could help re­duce is­sues like anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

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