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While studying land use policy in Costa Rica, my professor (who happened to be a biologist by training) taught us that our stomachs harbor certain types of flora to deal with the foods we regularly eat.  A mini-forest, if you will, attached to our intestinal wall, adapted specifically for whatever little critters (bacteria) normally pass through with our food.  It usually takes about 3 months for the flora to fully make a change to adapt to a new set of food and its accompanying bacteria, she told us.

This article about sushi seems to fit in well with this.  Now I’m no scientist, but personally, I now find that eating haphazardly in, say, 4 different countries in a month doesn’t wreak nearly as much havoc as it did when I first began traveling. I attribute this mainly to the fact that I have made a lot of floral changes in my stomach (i.e. eaten a lot of food, in a lot of places) , and in return my gut seems to have become tougher to upset over the years.  TMI?  Maybe.  But in light of this study on sushi I think it gives us an interesting new way to think about the impact of travel on not only our enjoyment of food, but our health and our physical treatment of food that goes on long after we’ve enjoyed the last bite.

One Response to “What Happens in Your Gut… Stays in Your Gut (Apparently)”

  1. jenny says:

    Fascinating. And I thought probiotics were the final frontier!!!!!

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