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...
"You Really Love a Smooth Grenache"
Good news here if you think dandelion greens are more compelling when paired with a strong drink. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
found that red wine's polyphenols—those compounds whose heart-healthy benefits you've heard so much about—also have prebiotic potential
. Just one glass (9 ounces) of red wine daily for a month meaningfully boosted drinkers' ratios of good-to-bad gut bacteria (compared with alcohol-free and polyphenol-free gin-drinking controls). A caveat: The benefit doesn't apply to sweet dessert wines, which presumably feed the wrong microbiota.