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Digestive Health

Eat less—exercise more is the mantra for managing the obesity crisis, yet common sense should awaken health-care professionals to the fact that an 1,800 cal standard American diet of low-fat proteins, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains will produce far different weight management than an 1,800 cal diet of Oreos, potato chips, and soda.

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2013 indicated that Americans were eating fewer calories between 2003 and 2010 but obesity rates have not reduced [1]. The calories in/calories out equation is not relevant to answer the challenge of obesity that is taking over the world.

The human body is a complex network of trillions of microorganisms that live on us and in us. This garden of life that Gerald E. Mullin, MD, describes in The Gut Balance Revolution is composed of viruses, bacteria, and fungi called the microbiome [2]. These microbes are responsible for breaking down fruits and vegetables, vitamin, and mineral absorption, and production of short-chain fatty acids to protect gut immunity and defend against foreign invaders while supporting detoxification and modulating mood and nervous system responses.

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