"You're probably well aware that what you eat plays a role in your heart’s health. Now, scientists are learning more about how the trillions of bacteria dwelling deep inside your digestive tract can affect your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Collectively known as the gut microbiota, these microbes assist with digestion, but also make certain vitamins, break down toxins, and train your immune system. Over the past decade, scientists have uncovered compelling connections between different types of gut microbes and the development of obesity and diabetes — two factors closely tied to a higher risk of heart disease. Recently, several studies have explored how our gut microbes interact with the food we eat to spur artery-damaging inflammation and narrowing. "
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