Since our diet influences our microbes, it’s true: ‘We really are what we eat!!’
Bacteria that live in our intestinal tract, also known as ‘gut bugs’, flourish off of colourful, plant-based foods.
Healthy ‘gut bugs’ act like a defence system in our intestinal tracts. They help our bodies digest and absorb nutrients, synthesize certain vitamins and fight against intruders such as influenza and toxic cancer-forming carcinogens.
In addition to boosting our immune system, microbiota sends messages to our brain and helps regulate metabolism.
These helpful living creatures can be wiped out by antibiotics and other drug therapies, or even a bad case of diarrhoea. When this happens, you want to restore those beneficial intestinal flora as quickly as possible.
Foods That Help Replenish Gut Bacteria
Fermented and cultured foods such as Kefir, yogurt, miso, kim-chi, natto, sauerkraut and other naturally pickled vegetables each contain different types of probiotic bacteria
These are foods that are high in soluble fibre, such as flax and chia seeds, beans and legumes, apples, oats and oat bran.
Raw fresh fruit and veggies are also good sources of fibre and when you eat them raw, you’re more likely to get some of the microbes that live in the soil where they are grown.
If all that sounds good to you, there’s no reason to wait for your next round of antibiotics. Why not feed your microbes extra well now?