In simple terms, the gut microbiome is made up of trillions of microorganisms (bugs) that live in your intestinal tract or your gut. Many of these organisms can be beneficial for your GUT, though some are harmful and can promote infection or disease. Maintaining a good balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ microbes is important for maintaining good health.
Having a healthy microbiome can reduce your risk of several chronic diseases including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer. We are also learning that the gut microbiome may influence our mood.
Evidence has suggested that changing what you eat can have a significant affect on the gut microbiome.
The typical western diet, which is very high in animal protein and fat and low in fibre has been associated with a worsened gut microbiome. Eating foods high in fibre including plenty of vegetables, 2 pieces of fruit per day and wholegrain cereals or grains can improve your gut microbiome and in turn potentially reduce your risk of many chronic diseases.
If you feel you need help maintaining a good balanced diet, contact Annette Murphy, our Dietitian, and team at Beechnut Medical.