March 18, 2017
A wonderful article by our nutritional ambassador, Graciela Corrales. Check out her page for more posts.
Gut flora (gut microbiota) the collective of microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of humans, is a talking point in science today.
Ongoing research has linked these tiny gut residents with all sorts of physiological processes. From synthesis of vitamins and amino acids, to production of neurotransmitters, metabolism and regulation of the immune system, even body weight is believed to be controlled by bacteria. In fact they are so crucial that some experts consider them a distinct, self-contained organ(1).
The good news is that the gut microbiota is heavily influenced by nutrition and lifestyle. An optimal gut balance begins with a healthy diet, which can lead to a diverse microbiota (2).
Here are 8 smart ways to improve your gut flora:
1. Eat a whole, unprocessed, high...