Mind Your Microbiome

 Eating home made sauerkraut is one way you can boost your healthy inner bacteria. Read on for more ways you can mind your microbiome!

Eating home made sauerkraut is one way you can boost your healthy inner bacteria. Read on for more ways you can mind your microbiome!

Your Microbiome is just the fancy name for the bacteria that live on and inside your body.

Did you know we have approximately 1kg of bacteria in our digestive system?!? Research is revealing that the balance of bacteria in our bodies can have a big impact on our health, our immunity and even our psychological wellbeing. So it pays to make sure we have LOTS of the healthy good guys in there fighting the good fight for us! 

How do we do this? There are three things we can do: 

Firstly, eat lots of probiotic-rich foods like these delicious fermented veges (we'll be posting a recipe on Friday and next week!).

Next, eat healthy prebiotics. These are the foods the good bacteria feed on and are mainly made up of different kinds of fibre, so a high-fibre diet featuring lots of plant foods is the way to go.

Finally, limit processed foods. Research has shown that diets high in processed foods can change our microbiome for the worse. 

But the good news is that we can build a healthy microbiome by including probiotic and prebiotic-rich foods in our diets! 

For more information on the human microbiome, and its health impacts, check out this vide made as part of the CSIRO Hungry Microbiome project: