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There are both bad and good bacteria that live in your body. Specifically, ‘gut microbiota’ live in your gut that are extremely important for your health and wellbeing. On the other hand, there is bad bacteria that live in your intestines which can have a negative impact on your body.
By improving your gut health, it can change the type of bacteria that lives in your body and can help protect yourself against a number of diseases. Here are some top tips that can help you to improve your gut health.
Eat a variety of foods
There can be many many bacteria that live in your body and each can be a different kind to cater to the different roles required to sustain your health and contribute to the growth of the nutrients in your body. When you have a diverse microbe in your body, this tends to be considered positive because the more different species that you have, it can provide better health benefits.
By eating a range of foods, your body will obtain different microbiota. Unfortunately, not everyone’s diet is diverse and it tends to be filled with fat and sugar instead. If you have a diet that contains many whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and nuts it can contribute to obtaining more microbiota in the body and can be highly beneficial to your overall health.
Include whole foods into your diet
If you’re looking to gain nutrients naturally from your diet, fruits and vegetables are where you’re likely to find them. They contain high levels of fibre and although this isn’t absorbed directly by the body, it can be absorbed by the bacteria in your body and help them to grow.
Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables can be particularly beneficial in encouraging the growth of bifidobacteria which helps to prevent the inflammation in your gut and promote gut health in general. You can find these in foods such as pistachios and blueberries.
Increase Prebiotic intake
Prebiotics are considered as foods that promote healthy gut health and increase the production of good bacteria in the gut. These tend to come from complex foods which can’t necessarily be digested by the body but can be absorbed by bacterias that use them for fuel. As well as finding them through fruits and vegetables, they can also be found in their purest form through supplements.
Probiotic supplements and even vegan probiotics are available to have if you feel you don’t get these prebiotics naturally through your diet. Prebiotics in particular can be extremely useful to protecting the gut against harmful diseases.