November 2016 Issue

Gut Check

Gut microbiota expert Justin Sonnenburg weighs in on how your gut microbiome impacts health, and how you can nourish it with your diet.

Your gut is teeming with microscopic organisms that play a huge role in your health. “By cell number, we are more microbial than we are human,” says Justin L. Sonnenburg, PhD, a leading gut microbiota expert and associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Sonnenburg explains that we have 100 times more genes in our microbial genome (complete collection of genetic material in the microbiome) than in our human genome, saying, “We are a fancy culturing flask.”

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