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Robust Gut Microbiome Can Help You Fight Infections

FRIDAY, June 21, 2024 (HealthDay News) -- The bacteria colonizing your bowels play a key part in your risk for infection, new research shows.

A study of more than 600 people hospitalized with infections found their microbiomes had fewer bacteria that were able to produce a beneficial fatty acid called butyrate. 

The bacteria make butyrate as they digest the fiber people eat. It's been shown before that people fighting serious infections have fewer of these bacteria. 

Butyrate also has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the immune system in mice, but it wasn't clear whether the same was true in humans.

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