Opinion article* published in The Conversation written by Surinder Baines, Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at University of Newcastle.

Here’s an interesting stat to bring up at the dinner table: for each human cell in your body, you have roughly ten non-human cells living in your gut. In other words, there are around 100 trillion microorganisms living in your intestines.

So how does this mass of microorganisms affect our health and ageing?

Last month, researchers from China and the US showed in Nature that these trillions of gut microorganisms, also called microbiota, are affected by the food we eat – and, in turn, may play a role in longevity.

READ the full opinion article in The Conversation.

* Opinion pieces represent the author’s views.