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Microbiome Diversity Protects Against Pathogens by Nutrient Blocking

We’ve become increasingly aware of the importance of a healthy gut microbiome. A new study in Science gives us some ideas as to how gut bacteria help prevent disease. When a large, diverse community of gut bacteria compete with “bad bacteria”, aka pathogens, the bad bacteria may not get enough nutrients. This stops them from multiplying and invading the body.

The higher the diversity of microbes in the gut, the greater the variety of nutrients they're likely to use. This increases the chances of using the same nutrients as the bad bacteria, thereby protecting the body. Yet more evidence as to why we want a healthy gut microbiome. Eat yogurt and avoid processed foods.

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