Did you know that you are only 10% and 90% bacteria? Seriously. If you compare the amount of bacterial cells to human cells you’re only 10% human.
For a long time we haven’t been thinking about this, but recently research on the bacteria in us is getting more important.
All of those microbes in your body, those that are in your digestive tract, are called the microbiome. The health of your microbiome is very important for your health as newest studies suggest.
Not only can specific compositions of microbes increase the probability to get fat/obese, but they can also make people sick and in some cases even cause death.
Surprisingly the are also responsible for your emotional state and can even cause depression or disorders like autism.
There is still very much to study about our microbes, but there have already been some interesting findings.
Dr. David Perlmutter, author of the book “Brain Maker”, says that basically all diseases can be traced back to inflammation. He further argues, that simply be regulating our microbiome, we can control our inflammation since your microbiome is at least partly responsible for your immune response.
The great thing about this is that you simply can change and nourish your microbiome by eating the right foods.
Great foods for your guts microbes are pre- and probiotic foods.
Knowledge-base: Prebiotic foods are foods that nourish your gut microbes while probiotic foods already contain microbiotic cultures.
Probiotic foods, also known as fermented food, since the bacteria in the food cause the fermentation, are live-cultured yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, Kombucha Tea, pickles and pickled fruits and vegetables.
Great prebiotic foods are raw Jerusalem artichoke, raw garlic, raw asparagus, raw or cooked onion and raw leek.
Other things your little friends in your gut play a role in our brain health, immune system development, cancer risk, cardiovascular disease, etc.
Due to our limited variety in foods we consume today, (most of them consist only of four main ingredients: wheat, corn, soy and meat), our gut microbes get less diversified as well.
Unfortunately, a diversified microbiome is one key for a healthy life.
To ensure that your efforts of eating quality food are not wasted, try to stay away from things that damage your gut flora, such as antibiotics (only take them when you really need them, ask your physician), too much sugar, alcohol, stress and antibacterial soap as well as birth control pills.
Make sure you have a healthy gut and you will be healthy as well, both physically and mentally.
Steps to take:
- Try to make an effort to include a probiotic food in your everyday diet.
- Avoid too much sugar, alcohol & antibiotics.
- Think about testing your gut microbes. (LINK)