What’s going on in your gut has a lot to do with your overall health, Elizabeth Tracey reports


Underpinning that old adage ‘you are what you eat’ is the bacteria in our gut, or what is known as the gut microbiome. Ashli Greenwald, a dietician at Johns Hopkins, says our diets have much to do with which bugs comprise our gut microbiome, and that has a huge impact on our health.

Greenwald: Everybody has a gut microbiome and it's lots of all these microorganisms that live in our intestinal tract. There are mainly bacteria and some yeast they could affect everything within our body. It could affect mental health diseases transitioning to chronic diseases, weight so there's so much research on gut microbiome. Everybody's gut has lots of good bacteria and bad bacteria obviously the more good bacteria in our gut and the more diverse bacteria in our gut the healthier we are with our mental health, our weight, chronic disease development. :31

Greenwald says research is continually identifying new connections between our gut and our overall health. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.