The human body is inhabited with trillions of microorganisms, many of which live in the gastrointestinal tract. These microorganisms in the gut are referred to as the gut microbiota and recent research findings indicate that they play a major role in the development of obesity and cardiovascular disease. For example, consumption of “westernized” diets that are typically high in fat is believed to cause microbial dysbiosis, or a disruption of healthy microorganisms in the gut and has been associated with obesity. Modulation of our bacterial populations through the use of prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics is being investigated for their therapeutic power in fighting these common diseases. Fecal microbiota transplant is also becoming more widely accepted in the clinical setting. Thus, I will discuss how consumption of high fat, high sugar Western diets effect our gut microbial populations and the resultant impact on obesity and other metabolic diseases as well as current and novel approaches to modulate gut microbiota for better health.
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