How Your Diet Impacts Your Gut Health

How Your Diet Impacts Your Gut Health What you eat plays a huge role in indicating what kind of microbes live in your gut and how diverse your gut microbiome could be. Because of this, your food preferences, the lifestyle choices you make, and other external factors like your genetics create a collection of bacteria in your gut microbiome that is truly unique to you!  Why is it important to have a diversity of microbes in your gut? According to the Havard School of Public Health , "your gut is a major site of immune activity and the production of antimicrobial proteins." Therefore, your diet is a major contributor to determine what kind of microbes live there. Researchers have found that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes supports the growth and maintenance of beneficial bacteria in our gut. These beneficial bacteria can also play key roles in how our bodies function like stimulate immune cell activity, reduce inflammation, and impact our overall moo

New Year, New Gut

  Starting off the new year can be exciting or intimidating if you decide that your new year's resolution is to lose weight or improve your overall health. A great step toward your weight loss goals is to look into your gut health. By checking your gut microbiome, you have the opportunity to analyze the bacteria in your gut that may cause certain symptoms such as; gas, constipation, continence, or even inflammation. You will be surprised to find that not only is your gut microbiome impacted by your diet, but your daily lifestyle choices as well. WHAT DEFINES A HEALTHY GUT? How do you know if your gut microbiome is healthy? It all comes down to the diversity of your gut bacteria. Studies have shown that generally healthy people have a greater diversity of microorganisms in their gut than those who aren’t as healthy. However, further research is needed to determine whether low bacterial diversity increases the risk of disease, or if a disease may decrease bacterial diversity. Microbi

Six Ways to Heal Your Gut After the Holidays

“It’s the holiday season,” and we all know what that means; kiss our healthy eating habits goodbye and say hello to the abundance of comfort foods sprawled out across the family dinner table. Christmas cookies, stuffing, and sugar plums;  It’s fun while it lasts, but how can we get our digestive health back on the healthy track? Here are six relatively simple tips to restore your gut health that could optimize your microbiome health: Take a probiotic supplement: Probiotic supplements and food sources with beneficial bacteria will improve the number of good bacteria in your gut. Yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut are all good food sources of probiotics. Eat a balanced diet: Avoid excess dairy, red meat, and refined sugars. Make sure you eat enough whole foods and fiber. Your microbiome feeds off the remnants in the colon after the amino acids, and other nutrients are digested, so it’s important to consume enough complex fiber instead of processed foods. Get enough sleep, water, and exer