Gut Reaction

Healthy gut bacteria could be the key to reducing western diseases.


For years the medical community has warned us how the foods we eat can increase our chances of developing a life-shortening disease. New discoveries in science is telling us that the foods we are consuming could be the very culprit that is making us sick, very sick. And it’s these western style foods that are believed to be behind many of western diseases like diet to heart disease, asthma, autism, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, emphysema, and cancer.

The reason a healthy diet could be even more important than previously thought is because food we consume affects the billions of bacteria that lives deep inside our guts. Most of us are unaware that we each carry about 1.5kg of bacteria around where ever we go – that’s trillions of tiny microbes that contribute 100 times as many genes as our genomes do.

In the last decade, with technological breakthroughs, scientists are now able to discover just how these tiny microscopic creatures are causing havoc on our health…and what scientists are finding out about gut bacteria is shaking the very foundations of medicine and nutrition.

Could the bacteria that lives inside all of us be the key to measuring our risk of developing life-threatening diseases?

Gut Reaction takes on a journey to show us how gut bacteria starts during the messy process of birth when newborn acquires healthy bacteria from the mother, and there is new evidence showing how breast milk we get from our mother is also filled with this good bacteria.

But there is new research that also suggests that the rise of cesarean births is denying many infants the security, leading to increased incidents of asthma and other chronic allergies.

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