Digestion Occurs Outside the Body Before delving into the mechanics of how food is digested and small strategies that reap big rewards to improving your health, it's important to remember your digestive tract actually resides outside of your body.
Fecal Transplants From Super Donors Increase Success Rates Since Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis , asthma, heart disease and certain cancers are associated with changes to gut bacteria, researchers were interested in understanding what makes a fecal super donor.
Thus, our results suggest that assessing stool form in patients with chronic pain is important." 8 In short, if your stool falls outside of the normal spectrum on a regular basis, especially toward Types 5, 6 or 7, it's a sign that your gut is likely imbalanced, a condition that could affect your overall physical and mental health.
• Organic nonpasteurized kefir — In one 2014 study, 13 patients with functional constipation who consumed 500 milliliters of probiotic kefir daily for four weeks significantly improved their symptoms, increasing stool frequency and consistency, and reducing straining and the need for laxatives.
In the video above, Chris Kresser, an acupuncturist, licensed integrative medicine clinician and codirector of the California Center for Functional Medicine, interviews11 Lucy Mailing, a microbiome researcher, about two recent studies12,13 that have thrown a bit of a wrench into the standard recommendation to reseed your gut with probiotics after taking a course of antibiotics.