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4 Ways to Promote a Healthy Gut Microbiome

July 16, 2019

The human gut microbiome consists of all the microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, etc) that inhabit your gastrointestinal tract. These microorganisms are an integral part of your daily health. Although we often think of bacteria in a negative way, there are actually numerous beneficial bacteria that can protect us from pathogens, provide vitamins and nutrients, aid in digestion, as well as train the immune system. Keeping these “good” microbes happy comes largely from a balanced diet. Promoting a diverse gut microbiome is beneficial for your immune system, creating a stronger and more stable environment. How can you help your “good” microbes? Eat foods high in fibreFibre is a prebiotic. Prebiotics are non-digestible for humans; however, they can be digested by microbes. This feeds your good microbes directly and helps promote a healthy microbiome. This is the best way to get “good” bacteria! Some high fibre foods include whole grains, chickpeas, raspberries, broccoli, and beans. For more information on fibre and other diet suggestions visit: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/nutrition/if-nfs-ng-fibre.pdfAvoid unnecessary use of antibiotics Although antibiotics help us overcome “bad” bacteria (disease causing), they can also kill the good bacteria you worked so hard to get. This in turn decreases the diversity of your gut microbiome, making you more susceptible to further problems. Overuse of antibiotics has caused the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria and chronic illnesses. If you are taking antibiotics,…

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