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Digestive-Health

14 September 2010

Antibiotics alter good gut germs

An antibiotic can temporarily upset your stomach, but now it turns out that repeatedly taking them may change or destroy the good germs that live in your gut.

An antibiotic can temporarily upset your stomach, but now it turns out that repeatedly taking them might have lingering ill effects - by triggering changes in good germs that live in your gut.

It is also a story of how we co-exist with trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes in the skin, the nose, and the digestive tract, what scientists call the human microbiome. Many are beneficial, even indispensable, especially the gut bacteria that play an unerappreciated role in overall health.

 

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