Your gut health matters
Did you know?
70% of the body's immune system is connected to your gut microbiome.
Therefore, a properly functioning digestive system is essential to maintain overall health. Immune cells in the gut interact with the microbiome. The diverse array of bacteria in your gut are directly influenced by an individual’s diet and lifestyle. The foods we eat affect the diversity and composition of bacteria in the gut, which in turn affect immune cells.
To have good immune function, good nutrition is key.
There are more than 50 trillion bacterial cells in our body!
That is more than the amount of our actual human cells.
90% of these bacterial cells live in our gut.
Each of us has a gut microbiome fingerprint unique from anyone else.
Unlike your fingerprint - your microbial fingerprint can change.
Maintaining a balance of helpful bacteria versus harmful is essential to overall health.
There are reliable ways to nourish your
Eat a variety of vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains, which provide gut microbes the fiber-rich fuel that they need to thrive. Researchers have found that eating fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir, which contain probiotics and other beneficial compounds, have positive effects on your health and gut microbiome.
Your gut microbes are part of a vast ecosystem of bacteria located largely in your colon. People who harbor diverse gut microbiomes tend to age more healthfully and develop fewer diseases.
These microbes thrive on the fiber found in fruits and vegetables, turning it into new compounds or "postbiotics," including butyrate, acetate and other short-chain fatty acids which are good for your health.