Gut Bacteria Can Boost Your Health
Gut bacteria might benefit from our leftovers, but they also give us a variety of benefits in return, most of which we don’t even know about or fully understand. Some bacteria in the large intestine, for example, produce vitamins K, B12, thiamine and riboflavin, which our body can then absorb and use for essential functions. Bacteria also likely play a role in preventing infection by crowding out potentially harmful bacteria that could cause disease. They may also be related to our mood, weight and other health conditions, but research is still preliminary on exactly what their influence is.