We all know the old saying “you are what you eat”, but have you ever considered the fact that your gut micro-biome is also impacted by what you eat? Recent studies have proven that this collection of bacteria is directly associated with vital aspects of our health and neurological function. One amazing fact is that the bacteria in our body outnumber the total number in our body by 10 to 1. The relationship between the two is inseparable. Your gut bacteria are responsible for up to 80% of your immune function and 95% of the serotonin in your body is produced by your gut bacteria. The science is also showing a relationship between obesity and dysbiosis, that is an imbalance in your gut flora. It seems that each week researchers are finding out more and more pertaining to this symbiotic relationship.

So wouldn’t it make sense to eat right? Not only for yourself, but also for the health of your micro-biome? The mounting evidence pertaining to this relationship is undeniable!

The most impactful aspects of your diet as it pertains to your gut flora are associated with particular types of carbohydrates. Resistant starches and some complex carbohydrates that bypass human digestion act as optimal food for your bacteria. By eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, starchy roots & tubers and properly prepared legumes provide a wide variety of these compounds. These in turn not only can improve the aspects of your health as mentioned above, but can also have a great effect on your GI health and elimination process.

Besides consuming these particular types of carbohydrates, another thing you can do to boost the health of your gut flora is to regularly consume probiotics. Yes you can get these in your health food store or even online, but probiotics are best obtained from natural sources like lacto-fermented vegetables. An example of this is good old-fashioned sauerkraut. Not the grocery store variety, although it can be found in some select locations, but traditional sauerkraut that is prepared and fermented for about 3-4 weeks. Its super easy to make and just about anyone can do it. Other good sources of probiotics are fermented dairy products like yogurt and kefir, good quality kombucha and beet kvass. On the other hand, if you do purchase a good quality probiotic supplement, try to rotate brands and strengths in order to provide a diverse variety of bacteria.

This is just a snapshot on this topic, but hopefully it provides you with a bit more knowledge and motivation to eat right. Your body and mind will thank you!