To boost the ‘good guys’ in your gut, cur­rent rec­om­men­da­tions are:

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● Eat at least five serv­ings of fruits and veg­eta­bles daily. Fruits and veg­eta­bles are not only highly nu­tri­tious but also con­tain com­plex car­bo­hy­drates to help good bac­te­ria to thrive

● To foster a healthy gut mi­cro­biota, limit pro­cessed foods as these are of­ten high in sugar and fat

● Try re­plac­ing an­i­mal sources of pro­tein with plant sources of pro­tein such as legumes, nuts, tofu and tem­peh

● Ac­tive cul­tures, such as yo­ghurt, kim­chi and kom­bucha, can also add help­ful bac­te­ria to your sys­tem

● Prac­tise in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing. A rest from di­gest­ing food al­lows the gut lin­ing to re­gen­er­ate and en­cour­ages good bac­te­ria to flour­ish

● Lower your stress lev­els, im­prove your sleep, don’t eat late at night, and drink plenty of wa­ter

● Avoid an­tibi­otics where pos­si­ble; they are in­dis­crim­i­nate in killing both good and bad bac­te­ria

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