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AMO PLANS LIVING WELL

 
October 2017    
    
GUT HEALTH
Scientists have long studied the link between our genes and our health. Now, in a growing area of scientific research, they're studying the link between the bacteria in our intestines and virtually every disease that ails us.
 
Microbiome 
Bacteria along with viruses and fungi -- are microbes, and we're filled with them. Together, they form your body's unique collection of microbes, called microbiome -- partly inherited from your mother at birth and partly determined by your lifestyle.
 
Bacteria are most likely the most abundant microbes in your intestines, and they're the focus of most scientific study. Looking at our DNA, researchers want to know whether the bacteria cause particular diseases and what we can do to change it. "There's a good chance your microbiome is associated with every disease you can think of -- diabetes, cancer, autism," says Michael Snyder, PhD. He's the director of Stanford University's Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine. "And the area where bacteria have a huge impact is your gut."
 
Bacteria line your intestines and help you digest food. During digestion, they make vitamins that are vital for life, send signals to the immune system, and make small molecules that can help your brain work.

Do you have a healthy gut?
Signs of an unhealthy gut are linked directly to digestion, they go hand-in-hand. The first sign of problems in the digestive tract often includes one or more of the following symptoms: Heatburn, bloating, nausea, vomiting, pain in the belly, swallowing problems, GERD, feeling tired after eating, weight gain or loss, incontinence, constipation or diarrhea.
   
3 ways to keep your gut healthy
Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of nutrients for a healthy microbiota. They are high in fiber, which can't be digested by your body. However, fiber can be digested by certain bacteria in your gut, which stimulates their growth.
 
Eat Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are foods altered by microbes. The process of fermenting usually involves bacteria or yeasts converting the sugars in food to organic acids or alcohol. Examples of fermented foods include greek yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and tempeh.  
 
Fermented foods improve gut health by enhancing its function and reducing the abundance of disease-causing bacteria in the intestines.
 
Include Probiotics
Probiotics are often called "good" bacteria because they support healthy intestinal function and the ability to absorb nutrients from food and supplements. They promote effective levels to help populate the upper and lower intestine to facilitate the digestive cycle, and they support your body's overall health by helping maintain the normal, healthy bacteria for your body to operate at an optimal level. 

In the Month of October 
Learn how gut bacteria is extremely important for many aspects of your health. The best way to maintain a healthy gut is to eat a range of fresh, whole foods, mainly from plant sources like fruits, veggies, legumes, beans and whole grains.
    
Have a great October!
   
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Sources: medlineplus.gov;www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed;
webmd.com  
 
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While Staying on Campus Please Make Sure to Attend One of Chef Shannon's
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