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What is Microbiome, and How Can It Affect Your Health?

The “microbiome” refers to the collection of microorganisms present in a person’s intestines. These microorganisms include bacteria, fungi, and archaea. Having a diverse range of “good” gut flora benefits a person’s health. However, gut flora can become less diverse and less beneficial for many reasons. The microbiome diet aims to improve the microbiome and overall health, as a result.

As your microbiome grows, it affects your body in a number of ways, including:

Helping control your immune system: The gut microbiome also controls how your immune system works. By communicating with immune cells, the gut microbiome can control how your body responds to infection.

Help Heart Disease and Cancer: Certain bacteria digest fiber, producing short-chain fatty acids, which are important for gut health. Fiber may help prevent weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and the risk of cancer

How to Improve Your Gut Healthy Microbes

Make sure to eat your vegetables

Especially the leafy green ones! Vegetables are loaded with fibres, which cannot be digested by people but are consumed by the good bacteria in your gut. 

Choose food and drinks with high levels of polyphenols

Polyphenols are antioxidants that act as fuel for microbes. Examples are nuts, seeds, berries, olive oil, brassicas, coffee and tea – especially green tea.

Eat plenty of fermented foods containing live microbes

Good choices are unsweetened yoghurt; kefir, which is a sour milk drink with five times as many microbes as yoghurt; raw milk cheeses; sauerkraut; kimchi, a Korean dish made from garlic, cabbage and chilli; and soybean-based products such as soy sauce, tempeh and natto.

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