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Do you know? Gut microbiota weigh more than your brain?

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Do you know? Gut microbiota weigh more than your brain?

The word microbiota represents an ensemble of microorganisms that resides in a previously established environment. Human beings have clusters of bacteria in different parts of the body, such as in the surface or deep layers of skin (skin microbiota), the mouth (oral microbiota), the vagina (vaginal microbiota), and so on.

Gut microbiota (formerly called gut flora) is the name given today to the microbe population living in our intestine. It contains tens of trillions of microorganisms, including at least 1000 different species of known bacteria with more than 3 million genes (150 times more than human genes). Microbiota can, in total, weigh up to 2 kg. One third of our gut microbiota is common to most people, while two thirds are specific to each one of us. In other words, the microbiota in your intestine is like an individual identity card.

Foods for Good Digestion : APPLES

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The quote “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is all true and very correct as it provides a variety of health benefits. They are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, minerals, potassium and phosphorous. All these contents offer various digestive benefits like lowering constipation problems and improving satiety. The presence of pectin, in apples helps to raise the good bacteria which help in proper functioning of the intestinal health.

Your stomach doesn't do most of the digestion

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With all the holidays and festivities, ever wonder if your tummy would be able to digest all those food!

Well, your stomach does not do most of the digestion. It's the small intestine, which makes up about two-thirds of the length of our digestive tract, is where most of the digestion and absorption of nutrients takes place.

Gut Fact: An adult stomach can hold approximately 1.5 liters of material

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