Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Making Friends with Germs

Traditional Chinese medicine has long approached the body as a garden to be tended, nurtured through good habits, including a diet of a variety of wholesome foods and promotion of good digestion. In this week's New York Times Magazine, Michael Pollan writes about the host of microorganisms that live on  us and in us, reaching a similar conclusion--eat wholesome foods and pay attention to their effects on the flora responsible for our digestion. As has long been the folk wisdom in the East, the article also points to fermented foods such as miso and kimchi as particularly beneficial in this regard.

For the full version of this thought-provoking article, see http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/magazine/say-hello-to-the-100-trillion-bacteria-that-make-up-your-microbiome.html?src=me&_r=0

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