Did you know that there are more bacterial cells in your body than human cells? That means we are actually more bacteria than human! And most of this bacteria live in the human gut.
Also called the gastrointestinal tract or GI tract, the gut is an essential part of our health. Not only is it responsible for breaking down the food you eat, absorbing nutrition, and maintaining your immune system – there’s a whole lot going on in your gut that you might not know about.
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Why Gut Health Matters
It is believed that the ancient Greek philosopher and physician Hippocrates said that “All disease begins in the gut”. He may be long gone, but more recent studies back him up.
In fact, breakthrough studies from Harvard, John Hopkins and Duke University have found that gut health is directly related to serious physical and mental health issues (1, 2, 3).
How? It all goes back to gut bacteria – and the food you eat.
Washington University Experiment
To test this theory, scientists at Washington University took gut bacteria from a set of human identical twins where one of them was lean and the other was overweight(4).
The bacteria was placed into mice that lived in sterile environments and had no bacteria of their own.
After feeding the mice the exact same diets for 15 days, the results of the experiment astonished scientists. The mouse that received good gut bacteria from the lean twin stayed lean, while the mouse that received bad gut bacteria from the overweight twin, gained weight and fat and developed metabolic problems.
The only difference between them? Gut bacteria! The mice that were given bad gut bacteria gained weight. The mice that were given good gut bacteria, stayed lean.
Diet Makes a Difference
Washington University scientists took their experiment to the next level and fed the mice two different diets.
The first diet, which consisted of mostly fruits and vegetables, helped the lean mouse stay lean and prevented the overweight mouse from gaining more weight. The second diet, which consisted of mostly saturated fats, caused the mice to gain weight.
This part of the experiment proves that diet plays a vital role in cultivating your gut bacteria and influencing your health. That the food you eat – especially highly processed foods rich in saturated fats, sugars, cholesterol, GMOs, and additives – is directly related to weight gain and digestive problems, but can also be the cause of brain fog, mood swings, and so many more of the health issues and chronic diseases we experience today.
The experiment also highlights the importance of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables in influencing gut health.
Besides providing important phytonutrients and antioxidants, fruits and vegetables are also a good source of prebiotics – a kind of fiber that feeds the good bacteria in your gut – the ones responsible for ensuring your gut functions properly: digesting the food you eat, absorbing nutrition you need for energy, maintaining your immune system, and producing neurotransmitters that help regulate your mental health (5).
Why People Won't Eat Better
So if a healthy diet is the key to a healthy gut and a healthier lifestyle, then why aren’t more people eating better?
A 2020 study found that 9 in 10 Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. In fact, there has been a steady 10% decline in the consumption of fruits and vegetables since 2004, indicating that this trend is worsening every year (6).
The study found that consumers opted to skip fresh produce because of
- Budget constraints
- Lack of time to plan or prepare healthy meals
- Difficult time thinking of new recipes
- An abundance of cheaper, more convenient food choices, which are often unhealthy and filled with unsaturated fats that can destroy your gut health.
A Simpler Solution
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- Naidoo, U. (2019, March 27). Gut feelings: How food affects your mood – Harvard Health Blog. Harvard Health Blog; Harvard Medical School. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/gut-feelings-how-food-affects-your-mood-2018120715548
- The Brain-Gut Connection. (2019). John Hopkins Medicine. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-brain-gut-connection
- Your gut is directly connected to your brain, by a newly discovered neuron circuit. (n.d.). www.science.org. https://www.science.org/content/article/your-gut-directly-connected-your-brain-newly-discovered-neuron-circuit
- Williams, D. D. (2013, September 5). Altering mix of gut microbes prevents obesity, but diet remains key factor – The Source – Washington University in St. Louis. The Source. https://source.wustl.edu/2013/09/altering-mix-of-gut-microbes-prevents-obesity-but-diet-remains-key-factor/
- Harvard T.H. Chan. (2019, September 4). The Microbiome. The Nutrition Source. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/microbiome/
- 2020 PBH State Of The Plate Executive Summary. (n.d.). Have a Plant. https://fruitsandveggies.org/stateoftheplate2020/