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Boost your good bac­te­ria with th­ese diet he­roes

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Veg­eta­bles

“Good types of bugs love a mix of veg and fi­bre,” says Lin. “Root ve­g­ies (such as car­rots), leaf veg (such as spinach) and stem veg (such as cel­ery) have dif­fer­ent types of fi­bre, so base your meals around veg­eta­bles to get that diver­sity.”

Crunchy foods

Guess what? They don’t just add tex­ture to your favourite meal. “Th­ese are im­por­tant for pro­mot­ing saliva, which helps re­duce the risk of de­cay through neu­tral­is­ing acids,” ex­plains Ehrlich. Think: car­rots, cel­ery sticks and nuts. So eat up.

Vi­ta­min he­roes

“Foods that are high in vi­ta­mins

A, D, E and K al­low for the up­take of im­por­tant min­er­als that strengthen your teeth, like cal­cium and also phos­pho­rus,” says Ehrlich. Try pate for vi­ta­min A, oily fish for D, av­o­cado for E and green leafy veg for K. Yum!

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