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Volume 36, Number 2, pages 6-14

The Relationship between Microbiota and the Environment, Nutrition and Metabolic Disease

Meghan Jardine, MS, MBA, RDN, LD, CDE, Associate Director of Diabetes Education, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Normal functioning of the microbiota provides the host with important physiologic and immunological functions. It has been proposed that modern lifestyles and a Western dietary pattern have resulted in a loss of commensal bacteria and a reduction in the diversity of species present. This article will review the functions of the microbiota and how modern lifestyles may have contributed to changes in species available to humans.

Diet therapy and nutrition