How The Body Maintains A Healthy Balance Of Friendly Bacteria

Hippocrates once said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Now, a growing body of research suggests that the ancient Greek physician was, if a bit hyperbolic, seriously onto something: Maintaining a healthy balance of “good” gut bacteria in the digestive tract is critical to overall health and well-being.

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Fecal Transplants and Microbiome Makeovers

Irritable bowel syndrome is one of those amorphous diseases of our modern times. Its potential causes involve the double whammy of diet and stress, and it’s hard to diagnose except by its symptoms, which can include bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea or constipation. More than 1 in 10 people in the U.S. suffer from it.

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