All the different types of organisms that make up your intestinal tract. These microbes do all the digestion and create your immune response.
We are only 10 percent human? Ninety percent of our cells are nonhuman, microbial cells. Our diet influences our microbes, it’s true: We really are what we eat.
Good news is that you can cultivate a new microbiota, formerly known as gut flora, in just 24 hours-by changing what you eat. Bacteria that live in our intestinal tract, also known as gut bugs, flourish off of colorful, plant-based foods. The latest studies on microbiota continue to show us how the process works and healthy gut bugs act like quarterbacks in our intestinal tracts: They call the shots and control the tempo by helping our bodies digest and absorb nutrients, synthesize vitamins, and rally against intruders, such as influenza and toxic cancer-forming carcinogens. In addition to boosting our immune system, microbiota sends messages to our brain and helps regulate metabolism.
Over time, microbiota forms colonies to combat obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disease, and even certain forms of cancer.
Your Body Itself Is Basically A Fermentation Farm
Trendy or not, eat these foods that increase your good gut bacteria so you can not only feel great, but reduce your cravings, manage your weight and avoid getting sick.
Apple Cider Vinegar
We have trillions of tiny creatures living in our bodies and they are good bacteria—particularly those in our gut that improve digestion, boost immunity and—according to some preliminary studies—they may even help us get leaner. Research is still emerging on just how important these mighty microbes might be for our health, but the early results are promising. There’s plenty you can do now to encourage their growth. The most effective way is by eating foods packed with probiotics—good bacteria that live in your gut and show up in fermented foods as well as in fresh vegetables and fruit.