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Non-Digestible Carbohydrates Can Help Restore Gut Health


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Given the fact that researchers now know that environmental factors play a large role in microbial balance, medical fields can move forward with developing dietary therapies for chronic diseases like inflammatory bowel disease. Carbohydrates are the most studied dietary component for their ability to modify gut microbiome with digestible carbs like starches and sugars degrading in the small intestine to release glucose into the bloodstream, and non-digestible carbs like legumes being passed to the colon for fermentation and fecal expulsion. If you disrupt your gut bacteria through your dietary intake or exposure to antibiotics that disrupt complex microbiota pathways, you need a corrective strategy for restoring probiotics and prebiotics in your gut.

Enhance your health by balancing gut bacteria

Recent advances in microbiome research offer exciting new approaches to potentially enhance your health and well-being by balancing gut bacteria through a personalized menu plan. Steps to establishing optimal gut health include:

  • Eat whole, unprocessed foods
  • Eliminate all food allergies
  • Treat intestinal infections promptly
  • Replenish your digestive enzymes
  • Restore and rebuild your friendly bacteria
  • Eat good healthy fats
  • Focus on healing your gut microbiota

Dietitians and nutritionists understand that not everyone responds the same way to the same dietary intake and should be better equipped in the future to provide detailed personal dietary advice.

Diverse microbiome allows for better weight control

A dizzying number of studies on gut bacteria have proven a diverse but balanced microbiome produces positive health benefits, such as better glucose tolerance, better immune function and better weight control. Doctors and dietitians now understand that the balance of the microbiome directly affects an individual's immune and metabolic parameters with direct implications for health and well-being. Individuals with known metabolic disorders, such as obesity or diabetes, have been shown to have dysbiosis, or poorly functioning gut microbiome. Depending on the abundance of constituent bacterial populations in the gut, this can have a beneficial or detrimental effect.

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