Eating an abundance of fruits and vegetables can positively alter your gut microbiome
Your gut microbiome is a group of diverse microbes that reside in your gut. These microorganisms not only play a key role in your digestive health, but also have effects that benefit your whole body. They help administer your metabolism, body weight, brain function, mood, and immune regulation.1 It’s safe to say that keeping a healthy microbiome- or a healthy gut- is majorly beneficial.
Ways to improve your gut microbiome
- Eat more fruits and vegetables: One study has shown that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables “prevented the growth of some disease-causing bacteria”2. Fruits and vegetables are also high in fiber, providing food to the bacteria in your gut.
- Fermented foods: Fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, and some yogurts can boost the function of your microbiome.
- Diversify your palette: Eating a diverse range of vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, meats, and grains leads to a broad range of microbes2. This is beneficial because, in this case, more bacteria means more health benefits.
- Eat prebiotics: Prebiotics are fibers and complex carbs that aid gut microbes. The microbes will use prebiotics as a “food” source, helping them to grow. Prebiotic foods include garlic, onions, and leeks. A good source of prebiotics is chicory root, the prebiotic used in Fiber Choice® Gummies and Tablets.
1 Young C. What is the Gut Microbiome? Food and Mood Centre. https://foodandmoodcentre.com.au/2016/07/what-is-the-gut-microbiome/. Published July 4, 2016. Accessed July 15, 2020.
2 Robertson R. 10 Ways to Improve Your Gut Bacteria, Based on Science. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/improve-gut-bacteria. Accessed July 15, 2020.