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We have 100 trillion bacteria in our body, so collectively these contain more bacteria genes than we do! The gut is the biggest barrier to the outside world and contains a whopping two thirds of our immune system, so it's pretty important! It helps to protect allergens from getting in through the gut wall (the outside) into the blood stream (the inside world). Our gut is also regarded as our second brain because it’s home to the most neurons (brain cells) outside of the central nervous system. It’s also hugely important for the body’s deep-seated sense of happiness and contentment. This is because the body makes most of its serotonin, the ‘happiness’ neurotransmitter, here.
So we need to feed these good bacteria in our gut for all aspects of our physical and mental wellbeing. If they don’t get fed with gentle plant-based fibre, they can’t do their jobs as effectively. Currently most Brits don’t get enough fibre in their diet. I don’t mean fibre from All Bran or Weetabix (have you noticed how if you drop a bit on the table, it sticks to it like glue? Well this is what it’s doing to our gut wall…). These highly glutinous cereals can often cause bloating in the gut which is a sign that our immune response has been triggered. So opt for these more gentle foods which will help feed our microflora, or our bacteria garden, which should help bolster our immunity and happiness as we head into winter:
Foods to eat in abundance:
Foods to limit:
Many of us probably have an instinctive sense of what we think the immune system...