Say no to pro­cessed food; go healthy with sea­sonal fruits and veg­gies

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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.

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