- IBS and bowel disease
- Food intolerances
- Weight gain
- Glucose intolerance
- Cardiovascular disease
- Inflammatory diseases
- Depression and
- Symbiotic – mutually beneficial
- Commensal – along for a free ride
- Pathogenic (or opportunistic) – which make the most of any environment to thrive and overpopulate.
What’s Going On?The balance of microbiota influence food choices, nutrition, metabolism, immune function, and play an important role in human health.
- The various strains of microbiota are dependent on the nutrient composition of the diet
- The greater the diversity of the microbiota, the healthier the host
- The smaller diversity of the microbiota the bigger the food cravings, so that
- Food preferences may be a result of the gut microbiota manipulating food cravings by releasing molecules that influence the brain, changing taste receptors and influencing food choices by modulating human reward systems
What Can You Do About It?GUT microbiota has the ability to change quickly and dramatically in response to dietary and environmental influences. Basically, promotion of good microbiome is essential to human health. Maintaining healthy microbiota comes back to a healthy wholesome diet and lifestyle: Taking a pro-biotic can help to restore the good gut microbiome. Healthy dietary choices will help maintain a healthy digestive system.
Adopt A Diet With These 6 Important Features:
- High in dietary fibre, including plenty of green and colourful vegetables and fruit, nuts, seeds and sprouted seeds
- Include foods such as leeks, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, garlic, wheat (for those who can tolerate it) oats, soybeans and chicory. They are good sources of prebiotics which promote the growth of good gut microbiota
- Including fermented foods such as yoghurt, fermented vegetables, and fermented milk and soy
- Drinking filtered water
- Avoiding processed foods, including trans-fats, sugary foods and simple carbohydrates (they’re the processed ones), artificial colouring and preservatives
- Addressing stress and any ongoing health issues