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Could Your Gut Bacteria Make You Tired All the Time?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is connected to having less-diverse bacteria in your digestive tract.

Scientists have been all about the gut lately as it becomes clearer and clearer that the bacteria that inhabit these lower food tubes greatly influence—if not control—much of the body, including the nervous and immune systems.

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Now Cornell researchers have found they can also diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome with 83% accuracy just by checking a patient’s blood and fecal samples to see if their gut bacteria is “abnormal”—that is, less diverse, with fewer good (anti-inflammatory) bacteria.

Chronic fatigue’s exact cause has always been a mystery; now these gutsy bugs may hold the key.

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