• Remana Jamal

Gut Bacteria and Health

Updated: May 29, 2019

Gut bacteria also known, as “Microbiota” are the good kind of bacteria found in our guts. They are affected by the food we eat, either protecting us from diseases or causing them.

Gut bacteria are very important for the immune system, metabolism, digestive system, mood, and energy.

Poor gut health is linked with many different diseases, like depression, anxiety, arthritis, inflammatory bowl disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s, cancer, autism, diabetes, obesity, and infertility.

So lets talk about how your diet can actually increase or decrease these bacteria over time.

Foods to keep our gut bacteria alive

1. Probiotics:

They are the good bacteria found in food, like yogurt, pickles, miso soup, kefir, and kombucha.

2. Antioxidants:

Bright colors fruits and vegetables, like berries, watermelon, oranges, pomegranates, grapes, grapefruit, tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, green leafy vegetables, etc.

3. Omega-3 fats:

Fatty fish (salmon and mackerel), flaxseeds, and nuts.

4. Grains:

Buckwheat, quinoa, brown rice, and whole grains.

5. Beans & legumes:

Different kind of beans, chickpeas, lentils, and black-eyed peas.

You can also protect your gut bacteria by, reducing stress, exercising regularly, and taking probiotic supplements (especially after an antibiotic course).

It all starts in your gut


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5433529/

  2. https://draxe.com/microbiome/

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