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A gut feeling for time?

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The microbiome, it’s the trillion micro organisms that live and act in our gut. In a way, it can be considered an organ… A microbial one. 
Probiotics are marketed as dietary supplements or are available in foods, including yogurt. These probiotics or actually the micro organisms that, when consumed, end up living in our guts.
And these micro organisms are fed by the foods we consume. So much so, that a change in diet can result in a change in the composition of our microbiome. 
But there may be another factor that influences our microbiome composition. It’s time.
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Our bodies have a circadian rhythm that directs when we sleep, when we eat, what genes are active, and our metabolism. It’s affected by light and by internal clocks that are present in most of our cells.
When that circadian clock is disrupted, it affects our health. For people who work the night shift, they eat at night and sleep during the day. People with this schedule are 40 to 60% more likely to be obese.
And our diet, circadian rhythm, and our micro biome might be interconnected.
And early evidence supports this. Intermittent fasting, the practice of not eating for 12 or more hours during a 24 hour period ...
Changes the composition of the microbiome. This changing composition can result in an increase in organisms that interact directly with some of the genes that regulate our circadian rhythm.  
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They take away? Having a healthy gut microbiome might give us a healthier circadian rhythm...A better internal clock.  
And not eating for 12 or more hours a day might help us have a healthier microbio biome.