Say no to processed food; go healthy with seasonal fruits and veggies
Ditch stored or processed food, available in supermarkets throughout the year and go healthy by opting for seasonal fruits and vegetable found in regular markets. Consuming fresh veggies boost your gut health and reduce risk of inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer.
According to a research, gut bacteria of the indigenous group of people in Africa was about 30% more diverse than in Western nations. Scientists say diversity of our gut bacteria has an immune system boosting effect. The team from the Stanford University’s school of medicine in California studied tribes, the Hadza, living in the Savannah, by collecting stool samples from 188 individuals, in the age group of eight to 70. They were then compared with samples from Italians, who ate normal western diet. The diet of Hadza people varies with seasons and comprising five items — meat, berries, baobab (a fruit), tubers and honey. The team found that the gut microbiota of Hadza people also varied seasonally.
They discovered that they do not get the common gut ailments that plague the Western world such as inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and colon cancer. The results revealed that the Hazda had a more diverse gut microbial system.
“Our own microbiota can change significantly from day to day, or even within hours, in response to what we’ve been eating,” said another researcher Justin Sonnenburg.
The research was published in the Science journal.