Notable News – You know how I’m always saying that everything comes back to your gut? Turns out scientists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago are thinking the same thing!

In an upcoming study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (as in, the big guys), researchers are going to look into whether the bacteria in our gut are linked to certain diseases—specifically the rise of breast cancer in women. Interestingly, they think that the gut bacteria passed from mother to child may be a risk factor for the development of breast cancer. And ladies, if that’s not a reason to show your digestive tract a little more TLC, I don’t know what is!

The exciting thing is that this is just one of many studies in the works to help us better understand how the bacterial environment in our intestines—and even the bacteria on our skin—affects our overall health. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what scientists find out, especially since I’ve been touting the benefits of better digestion for years.

Alright, maybe I sound a little overly excited about these studies, but think about it—those of us in the natural health world have known for decades that our gut bacteria are at the base of total-body health, and now the rest of the world is finally catching up!