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The human microbiome: How to feed your gut
The human microbiome: How to feed your gut

Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute guest posts to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog ( The latest post is from Mindy Athas. Within our gut lives a busy ecosystem composed of microscopic bacteria, yeasts and fungi – all working to improve our health. This enormous collection of up to 100 trillion microorganisms, called the microbiome, is being studied for clues to restoring and maintaining balance in the body. A healthy microbiome can aid with digestion, help produce bioactive substances like short-chain fatty acids and vitamins, inhibit growth of pathogens (dangerous invaders), and convert...