You are what you eat!
This word is accurate when it comes to the health of our gut. Our gut houses hundreds of
different species of live bacteria, some good and some bad.
The positive effects of a healthy gut go far beyond just our digestive system with more and
more research showing a healthy gut can influence our mood positively by decreasing anxiety
and depression. It also improves immune function. Do you know that 70% of our immune
system is directly affected by the bacteria found in our gut and reduce the risk of chronic
There are ways that we can create a healthy gut and maintain it. The type of foods we choose
to eat, heavily influence the types of bacteria that will thrive with our gut, thus affecting or
moods and disease prevention.
Good bacteria thrive on a type of probiotics that are found only in plant-based foods such as
fruits, vegetables, wholegrain, nuts, and seeds. I also took note from one of a highly regarded
study conducted in 2014 looked at the difference between an entirely plant-based food
(vegan) versus animal-based food. It showed that after only four days, those who ate a diet
high in animal proteins spiked their levels or certain bacteria that linked to colon cancer and
IBD alongside a sharp drop in the short-chain fatty acids which have beneficial properties.
In summary, to maintain a healthy gut, it is better to eat a wide range of plants like rainbow
color to increase short-chain fatty acids, which have been linked to lower incidences of
certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases.