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How gut bacteria influences weight, heart health

The trillions of bacteria and other microbes living in our gut play an important role in overall health, influencing everything from the effectiveness of our immune system to cancer risk to our mental health. Now, new research highlights the impact of the gut's microbiome on weight and heart health.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Gut bacteria influences inflammation via metabolic endotoxemia as explained in my most recent article in Lipids Health and Disease.  The best way to reduce endotoxemia is to reduce the intake of saturated fats, increase omega-3 fats and eat lots of colorful, non-starchy vegetables to provide fiber as an energy source for the gut bacteria so that it doesn’t consume the mucus layer for food.

 

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