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MAKE 1 CHANGE

BY HOLLY FORD

IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH DOESN'T HAVE TO MEAN A DRAMATIC
MAKEOVER TO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. ALL IT TAKES IS ONE SIMPLE
CHANGE AT A TIME. EVENTUALLY, THESE CHANGES WILL ADD UP
AN OVERALL
IMPROVEMENT
YOUR
HEALTH.
TO DRAMATIC
IMPROVEMENT
OFOF
YOUR
HEALTH.

How many microbes
(bacteria, fungi, viruses)
live on and inside the
average human body?

NURTURE

PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES

A HEALTHY MICROBIOME
We all know that our bodies are made up of complex systems working in tandem to keep us healthy. There's our cardiovascular system, and our muscular and nervous systems. But did you know that
microorganisms living inside us are also key to our health?
The human microbiome-the colonies of bacteria, fungi and viruses that live
on and in our bodies-helps with digestion and boosts our immune system.
We can nurture a healthy microbiome by eating fresh fruits, vegetables, whole
grains and lean proteins.
When we overload on processed foods and excess sugar, our microbiome
becomes less diverse, increasing our risk for infection and inflammation. One
serious and common infection is Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, which is usually contracted after taking antibiotics, says University of Virginia gastroenterologist Ann Hays, MD, who oversees a clinic (uvahealth.com/cdiff) for
treating people with recurrent bouts of C. diff.
Diet is not the only factor in maintaining
More than
a healthy gut biome, Dr. Hays adds. Getting
enough sleep, exercising, avoiding stress and
maintaining a healthy weight-all of those
things we do to stay healthy-have a positive
impact on our microbiome. ■

100
TRILLION
microbes
(mostly in our gut)

FALL 2018

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https://www.uvahealth.com/findadoctor/profile/rachel-ann-hays http://www.uvahealth.com/cdiff

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