New studies continue to confirm the essential roles of beneficial gut bacteria to our overall health.
Imbalances in gut microbiota, for example, have been associated with obesity, inflammatory reactions like asthma, and an array of gastrointestinal disorders.
Researchers are just beginning to explore and understand other illnesses that could be linked to an unbalanced microbial community — and how to use bacteria to resolve a variety of health conditions. Here are a few of the recent cutting-edge findings.
Illustration by Stuart Bradford