Continuing our series on the gut microbiome and our health, we need to understand just how much proper hydration plays a vital role in having a healthy microbiome.

Proper hydration status is crucial for health and daily performance of our regular tasks, as well as extra tasks such as athletic performance or extra physical labor of any kind. While there have not been a large number of studies on the effects of hydration status on the gut microbiome, we do know that certain medical situations that cause electrolytes and water to leave the gut prematurely do alter the intestinal mucus layer and change the ratio of bacteria so that they are out of balance.

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