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What goes on in the gut is extremely important for our health. Recent research suggests the digestive system may hold the keys to controlling obesity and even modulating our mood. To help you get a handle on this new information, here is some background on the immunology in the gut.
The traditional meaning of the word "probiotics" is "live microorganisms that may confer a health benefit on the host." A far more helpful description is probiotics are microbes that help a person stay in optimum health. But, how is it that the microbes we've avoided are suddenly becoming our heroes?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract is rising in incidence. How do you know if you are affected? This article describes ten common symptoms of IBD to help you decide whether you need to take action for yourself or a loved one.