Did you know that there are approximately 40 trillion bacteria in your body? It's true! And most of these bacteria are in your intestines. Together, these bacteria are known as microbiota, and they are massively important when it comes to your health.
Interestingly, what you eat has a large impact on the types of bacteria that live inside you. Remember - there are good bacteria and bad bacteria. Here are 7 ways to improve the bacteria in your body and the overall health of your gut.
Many fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber. Fiber encourages the growth of healthy gut bacteria, including Bifidobacteria.
Here is a list of some high-fiber foods that are good for your gut bacteria:
The process of fermenting typically involves yeast or bacteria converting the sugars in food into organic acids or alcohol. Fermented foods, especially plain, natural yogurt, can improve the function of microbiota and reduce the amount of disease-causing bacteria in the intestines.
Here are some of the best sources of fermented foods that promote healthy gut bacteria:
Here's a short way to understand prebiotics and probiotics:
Probiotics are good and friendly bacteria that inhabit your digestive tract and line your gut. They help absorb nutrients, aid in the digestive process and have additional health benefits.
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbs that serve as food for probiotics. This helps your gut bacteria produce nutrients for the cells in the colon and improve the overall digestive system.
Here are some probiotic and prebiotic foods to eat for a healthy gut:
Polyphenols are plant compounds that provide abundant micronutrients in our diet. They have many health benefits, including the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases, reductions in blood pressure, inflammation, cholesterol levels and oxidative stress.
The cells in the human body can't always digest polyphenols efficiently which stops them from making their way to the colon to be absorbed. However, polyphenols can be efficiantly broken down and digested by gut bacteria. This process improves health problems associated with heart disease and inflammation.
Here are some good sources of polyphenols:
Whole grains are full of fiber and non-digestible carbs, like beta-glucan. Since these carbs can't be absorbed in the small intestine they make their way over to the large intestine where by are broken down by microbiota. This helps promote the growth of specific healthy bacteria in the gut.
It is a great idea to add whole grains to your diet because they help to promote healthy bacteria in the human body. This bacteria can help reduce inflammation and heart disease, as well as increase the feelings of fullness and increase metabolism.
Some great sources of whole grains include:
Providing your child with healthy gut bacteria begins earlier than you might think. In fact, your baby's microbiota starts to develop properly at birth. Some studies point out that it babies can actually be exposed to some bacteria before birth. This is because the first two years of your child's life is vital to their microbiota developing healthy Bifidobacteria, which helps digest the sugars in breast milk.
Breastfeeding your baby for at least six months after birth may greatly help protect them against certain health problems and diseases later in life.
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