Live Happy Eat Dirty – Episode 5 – The bugs in your guts and how to take care of them

We all have trillions of bacteria living on and inside our bodies – but how can they affect weight loss, diabetes and even your mood.

 In this interview with Dr Lesley Hoyles from Imperial College in London, you’ll hear all about the gut microbiome – the collection of bacteria and other micro organisms that co-exist with us in our guts, and influence so many aspects of our health.

The balance of bugs is affected by countless things, from how you were born, to the antibiotics you’ve taken, and whether you eat live yogurt or onions.

Lesley gives us a tour of research into the gut microbiome and how it’s set to change the medical world.  Plus we talk about getting dirty in childhood, weight gain in farm animals, and the one transplant you don’t want to search for on YouTube

Lesley runs the Bugs in your Guts Twitter account – well worth following – and the other ones she recommends for great information about microbiology and health are:


Prof. Jonathan Eisen’s Microbiomania and Overselling the Microbiome

 If you want to nurture your own microbes, The Dirty Diet is for you. You can read Lesley’s take on the future, plus lots more practical advice on looking after your friendly bacteria – and keeping the bad ones in check – in The Dirty Diet.  

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Important Note:

This podcast is for information only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. There are some people who shouldn’t follow fast: children and teenagers, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. If you take medication have a pre-existing medical condition, including Type 2 diabetes, you should talk to your doctor before making any dietary changes. In addition, anyone with a history of eating disorders should definitely not undertake this without talking to their doctor or specialist.