Already looking forward to those summer BBQs and picnics? Not so fast. While fruit and salad might sound like a healthier alternative to hot dogs and hamburgers, it turns out the best thing for your health this summer might be an empty plate.

That’s right — for better or for worse, more scientific evidence has emerged that fasting is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.

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[DIGEST: Scientific American, The Guardian, Newsweek]

With doctors around the country searching for treatment options for the more than one-third of Americans categorized as obese, new research suggests the answer might be hidden inside our bodies: the microbes living in our digestive systems. Bacterial cells outnumber human cells ten to one, with the largest and most diverse populations living in our mouths and large intestines.  Numerous studies have investigated the link between obesity and the diversity of bacteria residing in the gut, and while the research is still in early stages, scientists have been intrigued by their findings.

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