The gut microbiota is a complex ecosystem with tremendous diversity: the intestinal microbiota is composed of more than 1000 bacterial species and many thousands of bacterial strains.
Diets high in processed foods and sugar, consuming conventionally raised meat and dairy products full of hormones, plus rounds of antibiotics, too many antacids and chronic stress, have led to many of us experiencing less than optimal gut health.
But there is some good news to be told here. You can in fact change your gut microbiome. Every time you take the decision to put food in your mouth is an opportunity to reset.
So what this means is that it is actually not necessary to subscribe to what some would describe as fad diets such as Paleo or Keto, and revert back to how cavemen ate, but rather we can make healthier choices and improve our gut health faster than needing to remain on a caveman diet for months or years. In fact, research has revealed that some fairly profound changes in the makeup of the gut bacteria occurring just three days after a dietary change!
If you are here reading then you know how important your gut health is to your overall health.
80 percent of your immune system is in your microbiome, your body’s bacteria, which help your body with just about every process, including helping you to digest your food, think clearly and even maintain a healthy weight.
Your microbiome is housed in your gut and the other openings of your body such as your mouth, your genitals, and your nose. When your gut microbiome is balanced, you stay healthy, you are in a good mood and you have a lot of energy. When your gut microbiome is out of balance, you are setting yourself up for a host of health issues, including weight gain, diabetes, brain fog, and cancer.
But it will come as no surprise that the largest factor in ultimately determining what microbes live in your gut is diet. Reducing your stress levels, keeping your body moving and the environment you are exposed to also have a effect, however altering your diet will alter your gut microbes – and fast!