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March 11, 2024

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"The Best Gut Control to Extend the Health Age"
March 11, 2024 at Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel

Dr. Yoshimi Benno has researched the classification and studied the state of gut micro-flora in the intestines since the 1970s, elucidating how the microbial balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria in the human gut affects the human immune system, overweight and health age. There are more than 1,000 intestinal microbes in the gut. They engage in a wide range of activities that are described as "gut microflora." showed its importance extensively in the 1980s. From 2010, the gut microbiota analysis project started in Japan. Feces sampling kits and questionnaire forms were sent to approximately 20,000 healthy adults 20-70 years old) for the cluster analysis of the collection findings. In 2017, a detailed database was established to identify the correlation between gut microflora composition and lifestyle patterns. Finding from these research activities that gut condition and cognitive decline are correlated, Dr. Benno argues that observation of daily bowel movement is effective as a means to check intestinal conditions. "Ideal bowel movement requires an active intake of dietary fiber and fermented foods, a gut environment in which long-living mycobacteria (bifidobacteria and butyrate-producing bacteria) are dominant and development of muscular strength to defecate." He also stated his belief that "the toilet is a place where we receive messages from our bodies" and dealt with some questions from the audience.

Dr. Yoshimi Benno, DVM, PhD
Chief director , Benno Institute for Gut Microflora Honorary Fellow, Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN)


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