The study included an experiment adding the antidepressant fluoxetine, the scientific name for Prozac, into the mix. Fluoxetine blocks serotonin transporter, the tube which contains the Turicibacter, in mammals. Adding fluoxetine caused the Turicibacter to be significantly less responsive compared to if fluoxetine was not present.
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The researchers discovered that a lack of microbiome was accompanied by reduced muscle mass, which can increase the likelihood of metabolic disorders.
Before we talk about leaky gut syndrome, let’s talk about what the intestines are and what they do.
Humans have been eating fermented foods for centuries. Over time we may have learned a thing or two. Through instinct, trial and error, or even necessity we have been consuming these foods and have had a basic understanding that there are health benefits to doing so. Our ancestors perhaps didn't know the exact science or what was behind these benefits, but they kind of knew.