What Your Gut Bacteria Say About You
The 100 trillion microbes that live in your gut know—and influence—you from the inside out. So what can they tell you about yourself? Here's a taste...
"Your Housemates Influence You More Than You Think"
OK, you don't like yogurt
. Or kimchi, tempeh, sauerkraut or other "friendly-flora" foods. But if your housemates eat them—good news! Their healthy brain-boosting microbes have probably taken up residence in you
. "A number of gut microbes form so-called spores—environmentally hyper-resistant cells that help to colonize them," explains James Scott
, professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Toronto. They're found on surfaces and in dust; we inhale and ingest them.