Bacteria are essential, and we could not live our lives without them either in or on us. They cover us and very importantly live inside our gut, helping our digestive system to degrade the food that we eat.
Probiotics and prebiotics can be used to reduce the action of harmful bacteria and to boost the numbers of useful bacteria inside us. Research at the University of Reading is looking at which foods are beneficial to the useful bacteria inside us and which foods have a negative effect. Studies are also defining the health outcomes associated with gut bacteria.
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