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Diet, Environmental Chemicals, and the Gut Microbiome 

Diet, Environmental Chemicals, and the Gut Microbiome
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Diet, Environmental Chemicals, and the Gut Microbiome
Author(s):

Marvin M. Singh

and Gerard E. Mullin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190490911.003.0006
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date: 20 September 2017

This chapter reviews the latest research on gut health and addresses the nutritional and environmental effects on the gut microbiome, a key player in pathogenesis of diseases such as inflammation, intestinal permeability, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurologic conditions. The 100 trillion microorganisms that cohabit within each of us play a critical role in maintaining health and preventing disease. Many factors can alter and interact with the microbiome, including nutrition, genetics, and environmental exposures. Clinicians need to understand these relationships to help patients make the informed decisions that can impact their daily lives and the health of subsequent generations.

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