“We are so used to having the luxury of food storage space in our homes, but what we don’t really understand is what happens to the food that’s actually in our food.
How does that go through the food chain?
It’s very important to understand that this food does not just stay in our bodies,” says Dr. Joanna Stauffer, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan.
She and her team are studying the microbial communities that reside in the gut of animals.
Staufer’s research shows that gut microbes, including those found in the colon, are critical for a wide range of food systems.
They are also the ones that help us to digest our food and produce it later.
It’s important to note that while most humans have a microbiome that includes all kinds of microbes, not all microbes are found in our gut.
The gut microbiome is a network of trillions of bacteria and is an essential part of our digestive processes.
The research team is looking at what kinds of bacteria live in the intestine, and how they interact with other microbes.
They’re also looking at how food enters the gut.
In a recent study published in the journal Science, researchers used the stool samples from mice to measure how many of the bacteria that were found in their guts are specific to each type of animal.
They found that more than 90 percent of the microbes found in mice’s gut were specific to the types of animals they were raised in.
They also discovered that those microbes were able to move around the gut and colonize other parts of the body.
“It’s very clear that this is not just a microbial issue in mice.
We’re also seeing a different type of bacterial issue in humans, where we’re seeing the impact of gut colonization on metabolic disorders, diabetes and obesity,” says Stauffer.
The findings could have implications for human medicine, she says.
For example, it may be possible to develop new ways of delivering probiotics to humans.
In mice, probiotics have already been shown to improve some metabolic disorders.
And studies have shown that gut colonization has a positive impact on the development of asthma and metabolic disorders in people.
This study adds to a growing body of evidence showing the health benefits of gut microbial community diversity, which can have a positive effect on human health.
“What this research tells us is that we need to understand the gut microbiome to understand human health, and to understand whether this diversity can help people live longer, better lives,” Stauer says.
She adds that her work could eventually lead to new treatments for diabetes and metabolic diseases.
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