Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Are you drinking your sugar intake? > Health-in-Motion 21 September 2017 Maintain a healthy community of microorganisms in our digestive system Research increasingly indicates the importance of having a healthy community of microorganisms in our digestive system. For example, a recent US study demonstrates that mice carry a microbe in their gut that breaks down so-called flavonoids – natural chemicals that occur in foods like red wine and blueberries – thus helping to prevent severe flu infections. According to senior author, Thaddeus Stappenbeck, a diet rich in flavonoids isn’t enough. “You also need the right microbes in the intestine to use those flavonoids to control the immune response" to an infection. 0 More: Daily Dose: Are you drinking your sugar intake?Health-in-Motion advertisement Other news Medical New test may soon be available for diagnosing TB in kids Medical What happens to my body during an allergic reaction? Fitness The fastest way to build cycling endurance Fitness 30-minute weight-loss workouts for runners Medical Selective hearing: how humans focus on what they want to hear Fitness 7 ways to sabotage your race before it even starts From our sponsors R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher up for grabs! Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know 8 strategies for treating both your bladder problems and your depression Live healthier Don't even bother » SEE: When you cough, this is what happens to your body LISTEN: Can you spot the smoker’s cough? 7 cough remedies that definitely don’t work A chronic cough can be the bane of your life. Here are seven cough remedies you shouldn't waste your time with. Be in the know! » How to manage sensitive teeth 5 ways runners mess up their teeth Oral health basics: what you need to know Dr Simon Reeves talks us through the importance of oral health basics. Here’s how to care for your teeth properly.