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Bacteria-eating viruses in the gut may help us live to a healthy 100

We’re all told that to live longer, we must exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, maintain an optimal weight, not smoke, and manage stress. But why do some people naturally make it to the ripe old age of 100 while remaining healthy? A new study may have an answer to that question, and the bottom line is that it has to do with what’s in our gut.

Over the years, studies have shown that the gut microbiome, billions of bacteria and other microorganisms that live in our intestinal tract and are both helpful and potentially harmful, has been linked to mood, memory, body weight, and disease.

While these studies have told us a lot about how gut bacteria affect health, the viruses that make up the microbiome – the gut virome – are less commonly explored. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen studied the virome of 176

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Link Between Gut Health and Mental Well Being

Feed Your Mind by Nurturing Your Gut: Link Between Gut Health and Mental Well-Being

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A healthy gut leads to a healthy body. But do you know that it can benefit your mental health? To know more about this connection, we reached out to Megha Terse Mandke, Registered Dietitian, Experienced In Paediatric Oncology and Haematology, LEC-Indian Dietetic Association, Mumbai Chapter. 

Understanding The Connection Between Gut and Brain

Mandke said, “The gut-brain connection plays a major role in regulating and smooth functioning of many bodily functions including mental health.” She added that any disturbance in digestive health, particularly in the gut microbiome, is increasingly being linked to the onset of many mental health complexities, such as anxiety, hypertension, depression, and even autism.

A study published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science has established a link between gut conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal tendencies.

Coexisting Nature Of Gut And Mental Health Issues

According to a

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