Pump up Your Gut Bacteria

           

Why am I so surprised?  Scientists are constantly discovering new connection between our gut bacteria and other body functions outside the gut.  In this case, I am so looking forward to a fuller understanding of how gut bacteria appear to effect muscle strength in older adults. 

In a recent study, Tufts University researchers found that the gut bacteria of more active older adults differed from those who were more sedentary. 

Dr. Antibiotic and Mr. Hyde

I grew up in the waning Golden Age of antibiotics.  They had swept onto the medical scene decades before, rescuing lives from previously hopeless infections.  Then they entered more everyday life of strep throats and bladder infections, bringing relief and comfort to many common illnesses.  However, the power and wonder began to wane as resistance began to emerge in many bacteria (causing them to fail in killing bacteria),