Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within days > 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: Rare flesh-eating bacteria kill boy within daysHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Lifestyle 7 shocking things your first period can tell you about your health Lifestyle Should you squat on a public toilet to avoid germs? Fitness 5 new rules of super strength Fitness The 10 best yoga poses for men Medical 7 celebs with rare diseases Lifestyle ‘I slept on a yoga mat for 7 days – here’s what happened to my body’ From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Live healthier Effects on your brain? » 5 ways to get more seafood into your diet Mercury in fish may raise ALS risk Is it bad for your brain if you literally never eat fish? Calling all grown-ass picky eaters! Eeewwww! » ‘Why is my cough worse at night?’ SEE: When you cough, this is what happens to your body Can you get sick if someone coughs on you? The fine saliva mist emitted by a cough remains suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes.