Better digestion, fight against infections… The medical revolution of the microbiota, key to our good health

Better digestion, fight against infections… The medical revolution of the microbiota, key to our good health
Better digestion, fight against infections… The medical revolution of the microbiota, key to our good health

INVESTIGATION – Research into the small world of microbes that inhabit our intestine is now leading to the first treatments.

Every illness begins in the intestine »: the maxim is signed Hippocrates. An intuition from twenty-four centuries ago which turns out to be surprisingly correct! Because today a brand new medicine is being created targeting the small world of microbes that nestle in our digestive tract: the microbiota. Multiple research carried out in recent years has shown – for example – that its balance is closely linked to that of our entire body: if this intestinal microbiota is disrupted, it can amplify diseases affecting both the stomach and the brain, and even reduce the effectiveness of drugs supposed to treat us.

Microbes in our stomach? Surprising, and for some of us, unappealing… And yet: “Animal life evolved in an environment extremely rich in microorganisms. We humans function in symbiosis with the communities of microbes to whom we provide shelter and shelter throughout our lives.

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