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Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome

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Imagine if there were an organ in your body that weighed as much as your brain, that affected your health, your weight, and even your behavior. Wouldn’t you want to know more about it? There is such an organ — the collection of microbes in and on your body, your human microbiome.

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I got to know about microbiome sometimes last year.

Spent good amount of time on reading about it, some books I read:

* 10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness (

* Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ (

* Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life (

also watched the course on Coursera about Microbiome (, it was an eye opener.

From that reading do you have any advice, what can we do to improve our gut and health ?
the simplest advice would be less sugar, more fiber (and probably some omega-3 PUFAs). i'll add sources when i get home.
* Less Sugar

* Less refined/junk food

* Limited use of antibiotics

* More greens

* Add curd/yogurt (in not allergic in your diet)

* More dry fruits, nuts

+1, might add this TED Talk by the author of "Gut"

nice. I was not aware, she had a TED talk.
If I had to read/watch just one of these, which one would recommend?
The course on Coursera about Microbiome ( has been extremely helpful for me in understanding gut bacteria and Microbiome.

Hope it helps.

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