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Intestinal health… Gut it?

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 There’s more bacteria in the lining of our gut then there are cells in the rest of our body… It’s about 10 to 1. 
Their count is in the trillions and they help digest food, protect against infection, and maintain our health.
Just as we focus on destroying the bad bacteria, we should also focus on protecting the good bacteria – the bacteria that help us. 
Collectively, these bacteria are called the Microbiome… And it’s not the same in each of us. 
Celiac disease is a systemic autoimmune related disorder that is most often triggered by dietary gluten. 
The most common treatment is to consume a gluten-free diet. While simple in concept, It’s very difficult to adhere to as gluten is present in many foods. 
People afflicted with celiac disease tend to have higher levels of some types of bacteria and lower levels of another. 
And these bacteria can impact celiac disease and it’s symptoms in different ways.
One of these is by regulating the cells which release cytokines that can, in turn, lead to inflammation. 
People with celiac disease are more likely to have microscopic colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. 
And a specific bacteria, lactobacillus reuteri, has been shown (in a colitis model) to reduce the production of these cytokines, which can lead to a reduction in intestinal inflammation.