What the heck is my microbiome?
Would you believe me if I told you that you are made up of trillions of bacteria? Sounds crazy right? The fact of the matter is that we have more bacteria in us, and on us at any given time, than all of our human cells combined. Bacteria is found everywhere throughout the human body. One very important place it is found however, is in our gut. Our intestines house an enormous ecosystem of bacteria. Most of the time, are friendly and help us stay healthy. We refer to this as our "gut microbiome".
So, what is good bacteria?Good bacteria contribute to our overall health and well-being. We are continuously discovering the never-ending extent into which these little bacteria are beneficial to us. Having a healthy gut microbiome contributes to many things, such as:
- Stronger immune systems
- Better energy levels
- Proper digestion
- Stable moods
- Healthy weight
There are many ways to keep your gut microflora strong and thriving, in order to help contribute to better health. Listed below are a few ideas of how to incorporate these into your daily routine.
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables.I know you hear this often, but we all need reminders from time to time. The bacteria in your gut love the fibres in fruits and vegetables. They use the fibre as a source of energy and it helps them grow strong, which in turn helps keep us strong. Here are some tips to follow:
- Consider keeping some, if not all, skin on fruits and vegetables because this is a great source of fibre for your gut.
- Fermented foods such as tempeh and sauerkraut are great for your gut bacteria as well. Fermented foods are a bonus because they contain both prebiotics and probiotics.
- Adding a new fruit or vegetable to your diet may also help maintain diversity of your gut microflora.