There are around 40 trillion bacteria in your body, most of which are in your intestines.
Interestingly, the food that you eat greatly affects the types of bacteria that live inside you.
Here are 5 science-based ways to improve your gut bacteria:
1. Eating a diverse diet rich in whole foods (raspberries, artichokes, green peas, broccoli, chickpeas, lentils, etc…) can lead to a diverse microbiota, which is beneficial for your health.
2. Many fruits (the right fruit) and vegetables are high in fiber. Fiber promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, including Bifidobacteria.
3. Fermented foods can benefit the microbiota by enhancing its function and reducing the abundance of disease-causing bacteria in the intestines.
4. Some artificial sweeteners may negatively affect blood sugar levels due to their effects on the gut microbiota.
5. Prebiotics promote the growth of beneficial bacteria (garlic, leaks, asparagus, onions, dandelion greens and chicory root) especially Bifidobacteria. This can help reduce symptoms of metabolic syndrome in clinically obese people.
The best way to maintain a healthy microbiota is to eat a range of fresh, whole foods, mainly from plant sources like fruits, veggies, legumes, beans and whole grains (that are right for your body).
Also, a good probiotic supplement like our clinical strength Complete Body Labs formula (PRO20) contains 10 Billion live Beneficial Bacteria Cultures (CFUs) + 10 powerful and proven probiotic strains. A simple and great way to stay on top of things!