Let’s look at what the proponents say and recommend
Dr. Christiane Northrup sums it up well “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.”
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, the popular blogger and author of ‘The Stress Solution’ recommends that you avoid highly processed food. These contain additives, emulsifiers, pesticides and artificial sweeteners and are detrimental to gut bugs.
Eating slowly and enjoying your food are key for not just moderating your calorie consumption, but also for better health of your gut microbiome. In a manner, eating too fast results friendly bacteria getting flushed out and replaced by new bacteria.
Dr. Rangan recommends giving a 12 hour break to your gut during the night. Finish dinner at 7 pm, don’t have your breakfast until 7 am. This break without food, allows gut microbes to thrive.
What do you need to change in your diet?
Include fermented foods and drinks such as natural yogurts, kefir, unheated kimchi, sauerkraut, miso and kombucha. These naturally probiotic foods introduce beneficial bacteria into your body.
Include a wide variety of vegetables in your diet, since vegetables are rich in dietary fibers and feed the microbiome well. Where possible include organic vegetable for an even better benefit.
Dr. Northup recommends trying a food elimination diet to determine if you have any food allergies. This is specially so if you cramping, gas, or stomach pain after eating? Some of the common food allergies or sensitivities are to cow’s milk, soy, peanuts (nuts), corn, eggs and wheat (gluten). She also recommends omitting artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and coffee.