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How Our Gut Microbiome Influences Our Dietary Restrictions

New research highlighted by the American Society for Microbiology shows just how heavily an imbalance of our gut microbiome influences our immune system, affecting chronic diseases such as allergies, diabetes and celiac disease.

This adds to a growing body of information that shows your gut microbiome is the center of both mental and physical health. Your body houses some 100 trillion bacteria, and about 1 quadrillion viruses (bacteriophages). In essence, we're little more than walking microbe colonies, seeing how these bacteria outnumber your cells 10-to-1, and the bacteriophages in turn outnumber bacteria 10-to-1.

It’s important to know, then, that emerging science shows that your microbiome can be rapidly altered, for better or worse, based on factors such as diet, lifestyle and chemical exposures. For example, studies have shown that swapping gut bacteria may help reverse type 2 diabetes. That’s why I believe optimizing your gut flora may be one of the most important things you can do for your health.

If you want to address chronic inflammation and inflammatory diseases that you may be fighting, it's important to nourish your gut flora with the right foods. Good examples of inflammation-fighting foods include traditionally fermented foods and raw foods, especially those high in fiber. Fresh, organic vegetables, nuts and seeds, and sprouted seeds are also good.

Avoiding sugar, which feeds fungi that produce yeast infections, and which triggers inflammation in your body, is important, too, as is avoiding processed foods and genetically engineered grains loaded with glyphosate.
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