Optimize Gut Health With a Plant-Based Diet
A plant-based diet can improve health and prevent disease by feeding the good bacteria in your digestive tract, helping to eliminate digestive issues.Trillions of bacteria live in your digestive tract and play an important role in health. Of the thousands of species of gut microbes that live in your gut, however, some are healthy for your body—while others are not.
A healthful plant-based diet improves the health and diversity of your gut microbes, preventing and treating conditions like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and inflammation associated with autoimmune diseases.
How can I increase good bacteria in my gut?
- Fill Up on Fiber.
- Pick Prebiotic-Rich Foods.
- Try Probiotic Foods.
- Avoid Animal Products.
- Limit Fats.
- Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics.
- Practice a Healthy Lifestyle.
Exercising, maintaining healthy sleep habits, and managing stress can all have a positive impact on your gut microbes.
“Did you know we are only 10 percent human? Ninety percent of our cells are nonhuman, microbial cells. Since our diet influences our microbes, it’s true: We really are what we eat. ”
Meghan Jardine, MS, MBA, RD, LD, CDE, Associate Director of Diabetes Nutrition Education, Physicians Committee