Over the past 10 years, there has been an explosion of research indicating that the bacteria in our guts, the microbiota as it is called, is ground zero for wellness. Having the right number and type of bacteria leads to wellness, while having too much of the bad ones leads to a host of problems and diseases, including obesity, depression, fatigue, diabetes, and even cancer.
So how do we make this bacterial playground in your guts better?
The answer comes down to our diet for starters (and the message for today’s installment). It has been shown that a diet rich in vegetable, fruits, and dietary fiber support the grown of the “good” bacteria, and lessen the “bad” bacteria. Conversely, a diet high in processed foods, and thus deficient in these naturally occurring foods, fosters the bad guys to flourish, and thus put you at risk for disease. Processed foods come in a box, can, or bad, have the majority of nutrients stripped away, and have an almost never-ending shelf life. If your food does not rot on the counter-top, don’t eat it. (thanks to Michael Pollan)
Additional Helpful Links
Dr. Galati’s Great American Produce Giveaway
Build a better microbiome
Dr. Galati’s guide to dietary fiberDr. Weil-Love your microbiota
Human food project
Dr. Galati cooks fresh vegetables
Gut bacteria and health and disease