The Healthy Diet Advantage
Research has shown that healthier adults with more diverse microbiomes have better nutrition, need less medications and are healthier overall.
One way we can help our guts stay healthy to eat more fiber from such sources as beans, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables.
In fact, one healthy metabolic byproduct (“metabolite”) shared by these healthier people is indole, a powerful compound that can be produced by gut microbes but which is also found in soy.
Experimental research suggests that indole supplementation helps animals stay healthy, be more active, plus be extra-resistant to illness and stress.
Gut bacteria also play major roles in supporting cardiovascular health, brain health, plus reducing the likelihood that we will become obese.
Nab More Protein and Amino Acids!
Regular digestive wear and tear requires frequent repair. If we add inflammation, bowel challenges or other gastrointestinal issues to the mix, then we need even more protein and other nutrients to help restore gut health.
Eating more good protein helps us also digest protein more easily, because then even more protein enzymes get released and set to work.
In addition to protein, fats, vitamins and minerals, we also need amino acids to feed the gut and help rejuvenate the gut lining.