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Gut Feeling: To Stay Healthy, Keep Your Body’s Microbes in Line

You probably know the human body hosts a variety of microbes, but you might be surprised by the volume.

If the collection of bacteria, fungi and other organisms could be shed all at once, it would weigh 2 to 4 pounds and fill one or two quarts.

En masse, scientists call it the microbiome and have come to believe it is as important to good health as a sound brain, heart, kidneys, liver and lungs.

It helps digest our food, regulate our immune system and feed the cells that line the gut. But if its mix of microbes gets out of whack, the same organisms that ensure our health can make us sick.

“Not only irritable…

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