Eating For Better Gut Health
Your gut is home to over to over 100 trillion bacteria, which is referred to as your “gut flora”. A healthy “gut flora” is super important for your overall health.
The food you consume can have a positive or negative impact on your gut bacteria.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life
A diet that contains a wide variety of whole foods, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains is a good way to maintain a diverse gut flora.
The nutrients in the food provide the ingredients needed for the bacteria to grow. When you have a diet rich in whole foods your gut has a variety of nutrients that help different bacteria thrive, creating a varied gut flora.
The modern western diet unfortunately has lost much of it’s diversity with most of it coming from a narrow list of sources.
When compared with cultures that are more rural and are less affected by Western eating they have a more diverse gut flora.
The “F” Word
Many whole foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains naturally contain “Fibre”.
There is a kind of fibre called “prebiotic fibre” that helps the growth and activity of friendly gut bacteria.
Foods that are a good source of prebiotic fibre are:
-Lentils, chickpeas and beans
Another “F” Word
Fermented foods like yoghurt, kefir, kimchi and tempeh have good bacteria already in them and can add to the population of gut flora in your body.
As mentioned the wider and more varied your diet of mostly whole foods like fruits and vegetables the better your gut health will be.
Adding in some fermented foods will be a good option also.
Lifestyle factors like good quality sleep with a regular bedtime routine combined with physical activity and stress relief will contribute to keeping your gut healthy.