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posted: 2/28/2023 at 3:29:33 AM ET
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The gut is home to trillions of microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa). This collection of microbial cells, or your "gut microbiome," affects many functions in your body.

Your gut bacteria help you digest your food, synthesize nutrients, regulate your immune system and influence your moods. They also interact with your brain in several ways, including by sending signals to your central nervous system and by changing the way your neurons communicate with each other.

They also shape your gut's special nervous system, which connects directly with your brain. Those connections are important for learning, memory and decision-making.

Choosing the right foods for your gut health is crucial. Research shows that a diverse diet supports the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
Fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains are key, as are plant-based proteins like beans, lentils and tempeh, as well as minimally processed and unprocessed nuts, seeds and oils. Fermented foods such as kimchi and yogurt are also rich in probiotics, which help your body
fight off bad bacteria.

Fruits, veggies and whole grains are high in prebiotics, which encourage the growth of good bacteria. These are mainly fiber or complex carbohydrates that human cells cannot digest, but which the bacteria in your gut break down into sugars.

A recent study suggests that a diet high in fermented and prebiotic foods is linked to lower levels of harmful bacteria in your gut. You can find these foods in a variety of dishes, from salads to soups.

You can also take a probiotic supplement. Some supplements contain billions of live cultures per capsule, and they're a great way to boost the number of good bacteria in your gut.

The most common probiotics are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum, but other strains can also be found in certain foods. Try a few different types to see which ones work best for you.

If your gut bacteria are unhealthy, you may experience a range of symptoms, including loose stools or cramping, bloating or diarrhea, as well as weight gain or low energy. These are signs that your bacteria aren't in balance, and they could signal a serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately by a doctor.

Having a healthy gut bacteria is essential to your health and well-being, as it can prevent inflammation, cancer, heart disease, depression and weight gain. It can even keep chronic diseases at bay, reduce autoimmune conditions and protect you from some infections.

Your gut flora is influenced by your diet, lifestyle and the environment, so the more you can change it, the better. Eating a healthy, varied diet, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep all support your bacterial balance.

Avoiding antibiotics and disinfectant cleaning products is also important, as they can disrupt the gut microbiome.

The microbiome in your intestines is unique to each person, and the type of bacteria you have depends on your genetic makeup. During delivery, babies are exposed to specific bacteria from their mother's breast milk, and their gut microbiome is then shaped by other factors such as environmental exposures.

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posted: 3/2/2023 at 12:01:03 AM ET
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We all know that having a healthy lifestyle is important for overall well-being, but did you know that having healthy gut bacteria is essential too? Healthy gut bacteria play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy digestive system, which can have a positive effect on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. From helping break down food to producing vitamins and fatty acids, healthy gut bacteria is essential for our health and can even help to reduce the risk of certain Oakey Assisted Living diseases. Taking steps to ensure you have a healthy balance of gut bacteria is well worth the effort.

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