Our ABC has just screened an interesting documentary on its “Catalyst” program called “Gut Reaction” in which it discussed and highlighted the connections between diet and gut microbiota and health.
In some ways it seems like “common sense” but, all too often we ignore it and chow down a “burger and fries”…
One phrase that stuck in my mind from the program was that rather than they being “our bacteria” we could well be considered “their human”…
Further, the biota and their metabolic products may well influence our health and longevity, via influencing our “inflammation status”.
This topic has obviously been on the mind of many researchers and one open-access paper that looks at the change in gut biota from young to elderly to centenarians can be found here: