Your best friends are within you

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By Dr Harold Gunatillake

The human gut microbiota is now recognized as an important partner of the host, as it is believed to affect not only the functions of the intestine, but also those of all other organs, including the brain.
Gut microbiome research shows that the bacteria inside you may influence your weight, health, energy levels, immune system, regulate blood sugar, improve nutrient absorption, manufacture of vitamins, protecting your large gut against inflammation, chronic diseases including cancer, and communicates with your brain through a long nerve called the vagus nerve and boost mood and brain health. This connection is referred to as the brain gut axis. This relationship makes us believe that your gut is your 2nd brain.

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